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 Student Support

At Stella Maris we strive to provide opportunities for every child to achieve to their full potential. This encompasses academic, spiritual, social and overall student well being.

INCLUSIVE PRACTICES

Inclusive Education ensures that schools are supportive and engaging places for all students, teachers and caregivers.  It is about building communities that value, elaborate and respond to diversity. 

 

An inclusive practice is the provision of educational opportunities that may require reasonable adjustment but does not impose an unjustifiable hardship on the school, for students with a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and aspirations in school settings (van Kraayenoord, Elkins, Palmer & Richards, 2000, p.9).

 

At Stella Maris we work in collaborative partnerships to achieve educational outcomes for all students.   Support at our school can look like:

  • Adjustments to programming inside the classroom
  • Assistance from Support Teacher and Guidance Counsellor in Planning and Programming
  • Resources to compliment inclusive practices
  • School Officers working with students
  • Professional Development
  • Social Skills Development
  • WIthdrawal of students in small groups or individually for a specific program

 

ENROLMENT SUPPORT & TRANSITIONS

Enrolment Application and Support Procedure (EASP)

This process seeks to reveal and clarify the needs of the student and to identify the educational adjustments required for accessing the learning program for the student. Adjustments are made for students with a disability to enable them to access the curriculum, achieve curriculum outcomes and participate in school life. An adjustment is any change made to help a student participate at school, learn, and be comfortable and safe.

More information is available in  "Supporting Children with a Disability at School – A Guide for Parents".

The Enrolment Application and Support Procedure may also be used to support the enrolment of students who have been identified as gifted.

Transitions occur when a student has to move from or into a new educational setting. Transitions may occur when students are moving:

    Into prep

    From one year level to another

    From one phase of learning to another

    From primary to secondary school, or

    To prepare for the most appropriate career pathway throughout life.


Before a transition process commences, parents, with support, are encouraged to take time to visit all possible educational settings when considering a placement for a student with a disability. The Enrolment Application and Support Procedure (EASP) is one way of identifying the support and personnel required to make the transitioning as smooth as possible. The purpose of a transition meeting is to discuss and plan, collaboratively, a suitable course of action to assist the move as effortlessly as possible.


"Fairness does not mean that everyone gets the same, Fairness means everyone gets what he or she needs."
 
Lavioe  1989


Governing Documents:

   Disability Discrimination Act  (DDA) 1992

   Disability Standards for Education (2005)

   Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) Inclusive practices in Catholic schools in Queensland

   Brisbane Catholic Education Students with Disabilities Policy

   Department of Education and Training (DET) Memorandum of Amendment (2013-2016)

   Enrolment of Students Policy

   Student Behavious Support Policy

 

Supporting Document:

   Supporting Children with a Disability at School – A Guide for Parents

   Autism Spectrum Disorder - Online Resource Transition Package