Learning Assistance is designed for students in Years 9 and 10 who need additional time and assistance during school hours to help them towards their goal of achieving passing grades, particularly in the core subjects of English and Mathematics. During the allocated Learning Assistance periods, students bring current homework and assignments to class and work individually, with teacher assistance when required and available. In addition to time for independent study, in Year Nine, time each week is spent focusing on the teaching of specific skills, according to class needs. Students’ enrolment in Learning Assistance is not recorded on their Interim or Semester Report; their progress in this subject is documented and communicated to parents in a separate report.
Throughout this subject students will be challenged about their attitude towards writing and studying effectively. They need to realise that their attitude and willingness to ‘try despite the challenges’ plays such a significant role in not only their overall subject results but their academic journey. It is the student’s responsibility to take on the challenge that is before them, knowing that even though they may struggle with writing and studying, taking the time to do it well will never be a waste of time.
God calls us to do our best in everything we do to His glory. It is hoped that students will be challenged by this and not be content to be half-hearted and/or lazy. When a student works hard despite their learning challenges, not only is success sure to follow, but good character grows and develops in the young person, who isn’t afraid to try. Proverbs 1:5 says, ‘Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance’. Proverbs 18:15 also states, ‘An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge’.