Educational Special Programs
Spearwood Primary School runs specialist programs in the Learning areas of:
- Arts – Music and Visual Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Technologies – Digital Technologies
- Languages – Italian
For more information on these programs look under Teaching and Learning on this website.
Spearwood Primary School is also a: Water Wise, Waste Wise, Asthma Friendly and Sun Safe school
Highway Heroes and Little Highway Heroes
Spearwood Primary School is implementing a Social and Emotional life skills program throughout the school commencing in Semester Two 2017.
Highway Heroes and Little Highway Heroes are programs developed by:
- Claire Orange, Science Speech & Hearing (Hons), Prof. Counsellor, Accredited Resilience Trainer and
- Helen Davidson OT, Masters Social Science (Counselling), Dip. Family Therapy
The Highway Heroes curriculum provides structured and fully resourced lessons in each of the Social and Emotional Learning areas that have been identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) – the international body in children’s wellbeing. The school selected this Life skills program based on having seen it successfully implemented in other schools. We believe that this program will best meet the needs of our students.
Senior students at Spearwood are provided with many leadership opportunities to develop and display leadership qualities. The formal leadership opportunities include: Prefects, Head Girl and Head Boy, Faction Captains and Vice Captains. Students in these roles are issued with badges with their name and title. This enables students, staff and visitors to clearly identify which students are on our leadership team and who will be able to assist them.
Spearwood Primary School student leaders, laying a wreath during the City Of Cockburn ANZAC Youth Parade.
Learning Support Coordinators (LSC) support classroom teachers to develop, implement and monitor learning plans for individual and groups of students with disabilities or learning difficulties and support the needs of students where academic extension is necessary.
At Spearwood Primary School, the role of the LSC is to co-ordinate access for staff and parents to a range of services so that all students can reach their potential and be included in the learning programs the school provides.
We have a strong partnership with the Centre for Inclusive Schooling who support teachers, education assistants and parents who are working with students who may have difficulties ranging from hearing loss to autism, mental health issues, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, learning difficulties or for whom English is an additional language. The Learning Support Co-ordinator also works closely with the Aboriginal and Indigenous Education Officer in the school to ensure Aboriginal students’ educational needs are being addressed.
The LSC works closely with teachers and the school psychologist to develop Individual Education and Behaviour Management Plans so that the needs of individual students can be met.
Our skilled classroom teachers differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of our students. As an additional support, we also have a targeted intervention support program that runs two days per week with a focus on developing specific Literacy and Numeracy skills.
With an emphasis on collaboration, the main focus of the Learning Support Team at Spearwood is to ensure that through early intervention and ongoing support, the social, emotional, mental, physical and intellectual needs of students are pro-actively met on a day to day basis.
Parents with concerns about their child’s performance should, in the first instance, speak with their child’s class teacher. The class teacher may then suggest the involvement of our Learning Support Coordinator, Mrs Tracey Irving.
Our School Chaplain, Mrs Coral Atkins started at Spearwood in July 2016. She works at Spearwood two days per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Coral works with teachers in class developing resilience with programs such as Aussie Optimism.
She meets with individuals to help with:
- Peer skills, communication skills and problem solving
- Self esteem, self regulation, resiliency and self care
- Separation, grief and loss.
Coral is also able to meet with parents to discuss any matters of concern.
If you would like more information regarding the School Chaplain service or would like to contact Coral, please leave a message with the front office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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