Diversity & Wellbeing
Student Centred Learning
At St John the Apostle it is important that all students access and participate in the curriculum and life of the school. Sometimes some students, for a time, need assistance to do this. The Student Centred Learning Team works alongside staff and parents to make this happen. Personal Plans are developed for students identified with specific yet complex needs. Parents and students are always involved in developing these plans. Support can be in the form of one-to-one assistance, counselling, training for the teacher, team teaching, access to technology, specific programs, equipment aids and general assistance in the classroom. Support will always be tailored to a student's specific goals on their Personal Plan.
As one strategy for supporting our students with English as an Additional Language and/or Dialect (EAL/D) we collaborate with St Francis Xavier College to provide a Homework Club one afternoon each week where students can receive mentoring from older students to support them in their learning.
Transitions through the Education Journey
Due to our location to St Francis Xavier College, we are uniquely situated to provide extensive transitioning to high school for our students with complex needs. Our Classroom Support Team also ensure we are well prepared for our new Kindergarten students transitioning from the St Thomas Aquinas Early Learning Centre or other local Kindergartens. Our students benefit from our strong relationships with our education partners.
We are proudly a Kidsmatter school. KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. Our school is well on the journey to implementing:
Component 1: Positive school community
Component 2: Social and emotional learning
Component 3: Working with parents and carers
Component 4: Helping children with mental health difficulties
KidsMatter Primary provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.
Big Buddy Program
When children begin in Kindergarten at St John's they are connected with a Year 5 buddy who will help them as they journey through the first two years of school. This relationship is developed and celebrated throughout the two years of the Buddy Program. Older students develop great empathy in caring for a younger student and our young buddies develop a broader network of support when they need help in class or on the playground.
Social emotional learning
We implement the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Program, giving students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom.
As a result, we see our students progress in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement.
Catholic Care provides the school with the services of a Counsellor on a regular basis (approximately 1 day per week). The Counsellor will assist children and their families. Parents and teachers may request the assistance of the Counsellor.