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Student services and support programs

Special education

 

Glenmore State School has a purpose built special education unit. The special education program provides a range of services to support students with disabilities, their teachers and their families under the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP). Support is provided to students verified with vision impairment, hearing impairment, speech language impairment, intellectual impairment and autistic spectrum disorder.

Our goal is to ensure that students with disabilities are provided with a curriculum which is rigorous, relevant and meaningful, and which will help them to develop the understanding and skills needed to be happy, independent and productive members of their community.

Students with complex case management requirements may also access services provided by the Department of Education's (DoE) team of support personnel including advisory visiting teachers, the guidance officer, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech language pathologist and the behaviour management team.

 

Learning support teacher (literacy and numeracy)

 

Our school has a learning support teacher who works with students either in class or in small groups. The focus of the learning support teacher is to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of the students. They also play a key role in supporting teachers with further ideas on how to develop the literacy and numeracy needs of their students.

 

Guidance officer

 

Guidance officers identify factors that can be barriers to learning and development, and assist in planning how best to support students at school. Guidance Officers may work directly with the student or with the student's teachers, support personnel, family, other specialists, or professionals from other agencies depending on the issues to be resolved and the age of the student.

Referrals to the guidance officer can be made through the classroom teacher. A special needs committee meets regularly to prioritise referrals and monitor the progress of students who are accessing school services.

 

Speech-language pathologist

 

DoE employs speech-language pathologists to work with children who are referred and shortlisted for support.  Children can be referred to the speech-language pathologist through the school’s special needs committee. Referred children may have problems in any of the following areas: language meaning, grammar use, metalinguistics, social skills, speech sounds, fluency, and/or voice. The support provided is based on individual students’ needs.

Each year the visiting speech-language pathologist tests all students in prep for age appropriate language development. This information is used to initiate programs to support any students who may need further development in this area. This ensures the best possible start to the literacy learning for each child.

 

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)

 

Glenmore State School provides access to a specialist teacher to assist students who have English as their additional language. Our EAL/D teacher will work with students and classroom teachers to ensure the students have a program that meets their needs and ongoing development.

The EAL/D teacher and classroom teachers use Bandscales for our EAL/D learners. These provide a map of EAL/D learners' progress in English language development and describe typical second language acquisition stages for students in the early and middle phases of learning. The Bandscales enable teachers to assess the English language proficiency levels of EAL/D learners in listening, speaking, reading/viewing and writing. They assist teachers to plan the support necessary to enable EAL/D learners to access the intended curriculum.

 

Chaplain

 

Glenmore State School has a school chaplain who visits the school twice a week. A school chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.

Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression. The partnership between the school and the chaplaincy service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.

The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.

 

Kids Hope program

 

Glenmore State School, in conjunction with the Rockhampton Baptist Tabernacle, runs a Kids Hope program to help children that need additional support. Kids Hope works to improve opportunities for mentored children in the areas of education, self confidence and well being.

For one hour each week, a caring adult from the church mentors a child needing additional support. This usually involves helping the child with homework, playing games, arts and crafts, or just spending time together.

Students are nominated for the program by the school staff. Placements depend on the number of mentors available.