Learning Support

Quality teaching is provided by exceptional educators at St Patrick’s and is very well resourced in terms of equipment and support personnel. St Patrick’s provides learning support services and special needs programs.

Providing a meaningful and inclusive learning program, St Patrick’s caters for the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical dimensions of each student. It fosters the wellbeing of all students and other members of the school community so that each person is empowered and challenged to become lifelong learners with optimism and hope for the future.

St Patrick’s aims to provide a fully inclusive mainstream learning environment that reflects the principles of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005. All students are included in the activities of the school community and given opportunities and responsibilities that recognise their value to the community and provide positive learning and social experiences.

Our commitment to the practices of purposeful inclusion reflects the Gospel values of respect, equity and justice. Within a Christian framework, we provide a learning environment that is supportive and responsive to individual needs and differences, and that recognises and celebrates each student’s abilities and strengths.

We aim to do this by:

  • Helping all students reach their potential — academically, socially and emotionally
  • Identifying individual strengths and needs
  • Providing appropriate interventions where necessary
  • Fostering the growth of student confidence and independence in learning
  • Working collaboratively with parents and other specialists for the benefit of each student.

Students supported by special learning support at St Patrick’s have needs in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mental or physical disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Mental health concerns
  • Organisational Issues
  • Social skills
  • Anger management
  • Literacy and/or numeracy support.