How We Teach & SupportIt's the little things we do to support an individualised learning program that get us the big results
How we teach and support
Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the detail and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential.
This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support.
For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!
Our students are assessed at the beginning of each school year to determine individual starting points in the areas of English and Mathematics. These assessments allow us to write personalised learning goals with each of our students that ensure that all learners are supported to reach their full potential.
At St Benedict’s, additional support for our students is provided within the classroom setting and through individualised support out of the classroom. In addition, staff develop Personalised Learning Plans with parents and outside agencies where applicable.
St Benedict’s is a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support School. Our expectations of responsibility, respect, resilience, support and safety are taught explicitly in our classrooms and our students receive positive rewards when they demonstrate these expectations.
ReLATE - Promoting Safe Relationships
In 2019, St Benedict’s was one of only three schools to implement ReLATE (ReThinking Learning And Teaching Environments). Developed by MacKillop Family Services for the Australian education context, ReLATE creates a culture of safety, inclusion and wellbeing for optimal learning across the whole school, informed by international trauma-informed education principles.
At its core, ReLATE promotes safe relationships – not only for students, but equally for families, teachers and other staff who provide education and support services. In such a culture, safe and supportive learning environments are maintained in classrooms where students are not just known but understood, stress is minimised and teachers are supported in their professional growth.
Through ReLATE, every class begins their day with a Community Meeting where they are encouraged to answer the three questions below and then ask the person next to them:
- How are you feeling?
- What is your goal today?
- Who can you ask for help?
This encourages open dialogue within the classroom and encourages students to help each other, as well as alerting the teacher to who may need assistance immediately with their emotions.
Students also have individual Safety Plans that they can refer to whenever necessary. These plans are in place for times where they may not be feeling ready to learn.
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning is taught explicitly through all of our classes. Each student’s social and emotional achievements are reported each term in their written report. St Benedict’s is a Respectful Relationships school.
Kinder to Prep Transition
St Benedict’s has strong relationships with a number of kinders and childcare centres in our local area. Our kinders and childcare centres regularly visit our school to use our resources and participate in incursions with our students. Each year, our prospective Prep students are invited to a storytelling session and then two transition afternoons.
To support the transition of students to our school, we receive written permission to speak to the child’s previous school and ensure we understand his/her individual learning profile.
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