At John Therry Catholic College teachers are committed to meeting the diverse learning needs of all students. The Special Education faculty together with the teaching staff work towards catering for the specific needs of students that have an identified special need within an inclusive teaching and learning environment.
The type of support the Learning Support team include: -
- Adjustment to the curriculum and physical environment
- Support in class (practical lessons included)
- Support with homework and assessments
- Opportunities for work experience
- Playground support (safe space)
- Social skills program (Secret Agent Society)
- Exam preparation
- Post School transition
- Macqlit Reading intervention program
School Support Officers work closely with the teachers and students to provide support to students.
Additional support, advice and consultation regarding students with special needs is made available to us by the School Improvement Services Specialist Support from the Wollongong Catholic Education Office.
Extended Transition Program
We also offer an extended transition program for students with special needs who are enrolling into Year 7. This program is designed to equip the identified Year 6 students with skills and tools to help them learn more about John Therry before they begin their journey here the following year. By doing this we hope to prepare the students for a smooth and settled start into high school.
Working as a Partnership
The success of all our Special Education students at John Therry would not be possible without the partnership between the school and home setting. Through transparent and ongoing communication, parents and teachers work closely to cater for the specific needs of students with a special need. This partnership ensures that the students journey through school is meaningful and more importantly that we are working towards building students independence, resilience and confidence for the journey of life after school.