Educational Programs

St Patrick's College caters for students with a wide range of abilities. The Learning Enhancement team is a whole school planning and support mechanism, designed to assist students through the coordination, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of differentiated educational programs. 

All of life is a constant education.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Assistance

The Learning Enhancement team offer support to students who may experience challenges in meeting the curriculum, are high potential learners requiring extension or acceleration, have a disability or are experiencing social and emotional barriers. Students are supported using a multi-disciplinary model which involves identification, monitoring, intervention and/or support.  

Access to Learning Enhancement services is through a referral process available for teachers, parents or students to self-refer.

Vision
For St Patrick’s College to be recognised as a leader of evidence-informed teaching and learning excellence where personalised learning and adjusting for diverse needs is embedded practice.

Purpose

  • For all students with educational needs to be identified and assisted to become successful learners.
  • To provide skills and strategies and a support network to enhance learning, social and emotional outcomes for identified students.
  • To establish an overall individualised mentoring program framework of support for all students identified with educational needs.
  • To provide teachers with professional support and guidance to implement individualised programs for students identified with educational needs in their classes.

Enrichment
Students who identify as High Potential Learners or Gifted are enriched in both classroom curriculum differentiation as well acceleration opportunities in specially designed classrooms.  St Patrick’s College offers an array of enrichment programs and extracurricular opportunities in specific areas outside of the normal classroom environment including sport, the Arts, Maths, Writers Workshops, camps, Tournament of the Minds, Da Vinci Mathematics Decathlon, Chess Club, coding and gaming programs and much more.

Learning Support
Students who are identified with learning difficulties in Literacy or Numeracy are supported in classroom differentiation and provided opportunities to enrol in Developmental Mathematics or English classes.  St Patrick’s offers Literacy blocks at least once per fortnight focussing on explicit teaching and learning of reading and writing. Students with high needs in Literacy are offered a 1:1 or 1:3 Intensive Reading Intervention program.  

The College offers free tuition on allocated afternoons with qualified teachers to work on school assigned tasks as well as intervention programs or enrichment experiences.

Learning Enhancement teachers are assigned to students as well to collaboratively develop individual learning goals and personalised learning plans that include Life Skills, Wellbeing and other specific programs to meet their needs.  

The Learning Enhancement team consistently engage with both external agencies and community groups to enrich our College programs.

Additional Support
If a student requires additional support, parents/guardians may contact the Head of Faculty - Learning Enhancement for more information by email to Ms Cassie Lobley.