A unique Sydney Catholic Schools support structure is in place to optimise learning for all students. High-quality inclusive education is provided for students with diverse learning profiles relating to: giftedness, speech, language, communication, vision, hearing, literacy acquisition and post-school pathways. Central office diverse learning teams work with our classroom teachers to enhance their capacity to maximise learning outcomes for students. Specialists in these teams collaborate widely to consolidate an inclusive approach to learning. Each school also has dedicated learning support staff.

Sydney Catholic schools provide reasonable adjustments to assist and support students with disability to successfully engage in learning. All Sydney Catholic Schools engage in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability. Students with moderate intellectual disabilities and complex developmental needs may benefit from the educational program at Eileen O’Connor Catholic College Lewisham.

 

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

Exclusive to Sydney Catholic schools, the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program provides a clear educational pathway, underpinned by contemporary research, for identified gifted and talented students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Responding to the pace, depth and curriculum complexity required by gifted learners, students take part in rigorous program with like-minded peers for a significant amount of time each week.

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This not only assists with their academic growth but also their social and emotional wellbeing. To sustain a high-quality educational program, teachers undergo training in identifying gifted students and developing curriculum differentiation strategies. All ‘Newman Selective schools’ undergo a comprehensive accreditation process every three to four years.

Migrant and overseas students, including students from a refugee background, can access one of Sydney Catholic Schools’ three Catholic Intensive English Centres (CIEC), which ease students into life in Australia and offer an accelerated English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) experience.

The Mary MacKillop Catholic College CIEC provides an intensive onsite program where our students learn to read, speak and write English within the context of the English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, Visual Arts, Music, PDHPE and Religious Education curriculum. Class sizes are small and teachers are TESOL qualified. Programmes include wellbeing and learning about Australian culture and customs. Students in the CIEC regularly integrate with the mainstream college at break times, for sport, assemblies and school events. Upon reaching proficiency in English, students graduate from the CIEC into their age appropriate year group of Mary MacKillop Catholic College.

Specific Learning Support

Through expert support and resources from Sydney Catholic Schools, we collaborate and deliver personalised plans for students who have cognitive or developmental disorders, sensory disability, autism, physical disability, and speech, language and communication disorders. These plans focus on specific educational goals and adjustments related to areas such as curriculum, communication and social skills.

Students learning English for the first time are supported by dedicated staff within our school, staff from the Sydney Catholic Schools offices, and programs for new arrivals.

We are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families to ensure students obtain a high-quality education as a platform for achieving their full potential.