Philosophy

The goal of our Learning Support Unit at CHCS is to provide students with the social, emotional and academic support that they require to reach their full potential. Learning Support Unit staff work with parents to ensure the continuity of the programs.

Admission to the Learning Support Unit is taken on a case-by-case basis and is contingent upon the ability to match student needs with the level of service that is available at the time. There may be students for whom we are unable to provide the required services.

Support

The Learning Support Unit Provides services that include assessment, academic support, writing and implementing programs, assisting classroom teachers to modify instructional strategies and content as well as withdrawal of students for individual or group intervention.

Learning Support staff  liaise with classroom teachers and may from time to time recommend outside professionals to provide therapy to the student such as Speech Therapists, Behavioural Optometrists, Occupational Therapists and Paediatricians.

Students who have been identified as requiring extra support with literacy will be assisted by Learning Support staff to ensure that the required intervention is established. This may take the form of extra time, coloured paper, assistive technology, or a reader/writer for examinations etc.

Applications for Special Provisions in NAPLAN and Higher School  examinations are also co-ordinated by the Learning Support Unit via DET or Board of Studies on behalf of the student.

ESL Unit

Students arriving at CHCS from a N.E.S.B (Non-English speaking background) who have been to an I.E.C (Intensive English Centre) and are placed in a mainstream class are eligible for additional support through the E.S.L Program. Placement is available for Phase 1 and 2 Students.
Students are assessed and taken into the program on a case by case situation. Students will receive withdrawal support, in class team teaching, task modification assistance as well as homework support.
The program is organised into three strands:
• Oral interaction (listening and speaking)
• Reading and Responding
• Writing
Students that participate receive weekly homework activities that they are to complete out of class time.
Assessment is based on the E.S.L scales and are reported on twice yearly during common reporting times.