We, at Toowoomba Christian College, are passionate about supporting children on their individual learning journey. The Learning Support department encompasses many areas. We support children with learning difficulties, social emotional challenges, physical needs as well as extension in individual subjects to name a few. Not everyone learns in the same way and we celebrate every achievement great or small. When we begin to unlock the mystery that can be the written word, we are opening up the way to the potential for academic success and a love of learning that lasts for a lifetime.
In the Primary School, we offer support to our students in various ways. We have a team of dedicated teacher aides who are committed to doing all they can to helping our students both in the withdrawal setting and within the classroom. Within Learning Support our MiniLit and MacqLit programs are enjoyed by the children and are addressing Literacy difficulties and challenges.
Here, at TCC, we acknowledge the whole child and remember that they are much more than the results on a report card. Each child comes to us with many gifts and talents which we endeavour to nurture and help them express in unique ways. We regularly pray for the children in our care – that they be willing and able to learn to reach their full God-given potential.
The Learning Support Program in the Primary School is dedicated to supporting students with learning difficulties and/or learning disabilities on their academic journey. The objective of this program is to assist students in gaining a better grasp and understanding of their academic studies and capabilities.
The Learning Support focus is on Literacy and more specifically Reading and Phonics. The intention is for the Learning Support teacher and teacher aides to communicate collaboratively with classroom teachers when delivering this program, so that the best possible learning environment and teaching practices for these students is provided. The goal is to see the identified students increase in skill, which in turn will see an increase in confidence to produce tasks of a quality level. We want students to understand that learning is a process and not a product.
The Primary Learning Support takes place in a variety of ways and students who attend Learning Support classes are reassessed and readdressed regularly. Once a student is identified however, a letter is then sent to the parents or carers for their approval. Parents are also informed when their student is no longer requiring learning support. Students’ progress in Learning Support is documented and communicated to parents or carers in a separate report.
Through the school, students in Years 1 - 6 are able to access internet-based programs such as Mathletics and Spelling City, while Prep to Year 2 students are able to access the Reading Eggs and Math Seeds program. These programs are like a 24 hour tutor where students can access them from home with the purpose of developing their Maths and Spelling skills.
Mrs Julie Zerner
Primary School Learning Support Coordinator