St Clare’s College upholds the belief that all students, irrespective of differing abilities, should have the opportunity to be educated with their peers, accepting each other as persons with gifts that will enrich the whole community. The Inclusive Education Team promotes inclusive practices that strive for the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual development of all students.
Students with disabilities or gifts and talents are extended and supported in mainstream classrooms. The support and extension provided to students with special needs may consist of one or more of the following:
- Modified assessment
- Differentiated Curriculum
- Individual Learning Plans
- Teacher-Assistant time
- Collaborative teaching and learning strategies
- Computer Technology
The Inclusive Education Team also offers specialised units and courses that are designed to help students develop more effective learning, social and organisational skills. Students with learning difficulties or students who are simply experiencing difficulties with their studies are encouraged to access homework assistance in the Flexible Learning Centre at lunchtimes.
The Inclusive Education Team consists of a Coordinator, teachers and specialised support staff who work across Years 7-12.
The Inclusive Education Team runs a cross-age tutoring program during lunch for students requiring extra tuition. Cross-age tutoring is offered to senior students as a Registered Unit. The unit provides senior students with valuable experiences of the teaching and learning process and facilitates the development of organisational skills.
Students who wish to become cross-age tutors are asked to nominate speciality subject areas. They are then briefed on appropriate teaching techniques and are allocated a tutee. To successfully complete this unit, senior students must provide eleven hours of tutorage. Tutoring sessions can cover a range of subject areas and are generally conducted during lunchtimes.
Gifted & Talented
The ‘Gifted’ Program at St Clare’s is an Inclusive Classroom Approach which aims to cater for all students in their academic and social development and has a number of structures and processes in place for students who have been identified as having special gifts and talents.
Students are nominated as having gifts and talents by parents, teachers, counsellors and potentially their peers. This information is disseminated to all Faculties for distribution to the teachers of these students. These teachers will then monitor the progress of those students in their classes and set tasks that cater to their specific needs. This is all done with appropriate regard for the privacy of the individual.
The Gifted program is faculty based. It is facilitated by the Inclusive Education Team and implemented by the teachers within each Department. Each faculty widely advertises subject-specific elective opportunities that provide stimulating, challenging activities for students who wish to participate.
Students at St Clare’s have the opportunity to develop their talents in an extensive range of extracurricular activities. Debating, Choir, Band, Tournament of Minds, Representative Sport, and the Shakespeare Festival are just some of the many offered.
Information on activities for gifted students run by external organisations is advertised in St Clare’s newsletter, Tidings. The NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children (www.nswagtc.org.au) is a valuable source of information, as is GERRIC, the Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre at the School of Education, NSW University.