At St. Thomas’ we like to think that Learning Support is all about enriching the learner and supporting the teacher, the child and the class.
Our activities range from targeted whole school/year level programs; to enrichment classes for groups of students; through to individual assistance in areas of social, emotional, behavioural or learning concern.
A Child Support Team consisting of a child’s teacher/teachers; parents/caregivers; the Learning Support Teacher; Guidance Counsellor and specialists from outside agencies meets each week to discuss the most effective way to provide this assistance.
Some programs which fall under the Learning Support umbrella are S.A.R. (Support-A-Reader), Peer Tutoring – Reading, T.O.M. (Tournament of the Minds), S.L.E.I.P. (Speech Language Early Intervention Program), UQPAL (University of Queensland Phonemic Awareness in Literacy), ELF (Early Literacy Fundamentals), Literacy Intervention Groups, Mathematics Intervention Groups, Year 3 and Year 4 Lateral Thinking classes, Lower Primary Reading Extension classes, Middle Primary Reading Club and Multi-Lit.
Volunteers are always needed to run these programs and your assistance will be welcomed and valued.
Assistance is given to students with special needs through specific individual programming and resources, co-ordinating specialists and classroom support.