In line with its vision statement, St Joseph’s College recognises that all students have individual strengths and weaknesses. For some boys who fall within the criteria for gifted learners, greater challenges in learning will be required. For others, whose day-to-day learning is influenced by the existence of one or more difficulties or weaknesses, additional support is needed.
The role of Educational Support Services is to address the learning needs of any student facing individual challenges. The goal of the Educational Support Services team is to work collaboratively with teaching staff to provide a learning setting that acknowledges and supports individual needs through focused and targeted teaching.
Pastoral Care occurs when a personal interest is taken in each student. To enable this each student is a member of a Homeroom group in the care of a Homeroom teacher. Homeroom groups meet at the beginning of each day. As well, a Pastoral Program is incorporated into the Religious Education Program and is generally delivered by the Homeroom teacher.
Each Homeroom is part of a year level under the care of the Year Level Coordinator. This pastoral structure is supported by the Director of Students, the Deputy Principals and the Student Support Services, which includes the College Psychologists, the Educational Support Team and the Careers Counsellor.
The Homeroom teacher will usually be the first point of contact between home and school where there is a concern about a student’s welfare or progress, or for the explanation of a student absence.
Educational Support aims to support students who are having difficulties coping within their classwork and assignments. This can occur with modification of tasks and assessments, or support within the regular classroom or individual programs.
Educational Support aims to support students who need assistance to help them achieve with their learning. Funding is received from the Catholic Education Office; Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Program and Students with Disabilities Support (LNSLN). This funding supports those who have a diagnosed learning difficulty, requiring an individual program.
Teachers and Education Support Officers working in the area of Educational Support, assist students by helping within the classroom and by supporting them with more specific assistance in a small group.
The College has a diverse Educational Support Team which consists of an Educational Support Services Coordinator, Educational Support teachers and officers. The College has dedicated Student Support rooms within the Paul Tobias Centre which are accessible for all students at lunchtimes and for dedicated programs during class time. Support staff work together to help students meet the demands and reach their full potential educationally.