How We Teach & Support

It's the little things we do to support an individualised learning program that get us the big results

How we teach and support

Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the detail and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential. 

This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support. 

For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!

Learning Differentiation

At Holy Spirit, we have straight Prep classes to provide the opportunity for all our students to develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed in the first year of school. After this our structure consists of composite classes: Grade 1/2, Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6. In every level at school there is a wide range of learning needs to cater for, therefore as a teaching staff we actively differentiate learning to provide for individual student’s needs within each classroom, rather than teach to a particular Grade level or age group. This is done through thorough consistent data collection, analysis of the data and by providing enabling and extending tasks in our planning documents. At Holy Spirit we offer intervention programs to further support students who are identified through the use of data as having specific additional learning needs. Some of these programs are:

– Number Intervention
– Reading Recovery
– Literacy support such as LLI (Levelled Literacy Intervention) and Colourful Semantics training
– Social Skills programs
– School Counselling

Positive Behaviours

We believe that explicitly teaching behaviour expectations and strategies as part of the (SEL) curriculum to be incredibly important in all student learning.

What does it mean to be a positive behaviour school?

Being a positive behaviour school we actively promote behaviour behaviour of our students by doing the following:

– Collect and analyse behaviour data trends in the classroom and the playground
– Explicitly teach and model expect behaviours throughout the entire school on a fortnightly basis.
– Recognise and motivate positive behaviours through a recognition system.
– Promote our behaviour values through our acronym S.T.A.R

Stay Safe, Try Your Best, Act Responsibly and Respect Others.
E-Smart
As an eSmart school we are committed to explicitly teaching positive behaviour online and using technology with a focus each term. As an eSmart committed school we embrace the benefits of technology and through explicit teaching of positive online behaviour, reduce students’ exposure to cyber risks, such as cyber bullying, online sexual predation, sexting, identity theft and fraud.
For more information please visit: https://www.esmart.org.au/
Peaceful Kids

Peaceful Kids is an 8 week program for a small group of students in grades 3-6. A group of 4-6 selected students participate for 1 hour sessions each week. This program is designed to teach students a variety of life coping strategies which include:

  • A range of Mindfulness meditations

  • Positive psychology exercises

  • Techniques to lessen worrying

  • A variety of coping strategies

  • A variety of problem solving strategies

  • Journaling and expressing their worries

  • Facing challenges and fears step by step

  • Preventative strategies to help prevent stress build up

  • Being attuned to their own bodies and minds

  • Understanding and recognising their own feelings

  • Being in the flow more regularly and enjoying more of the present moment

Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is designed to help students who are dealing with significant loss or change. Students will learn that they are not alone in dealing with the effects of change, loss and grief. They build understanding and communication, trust, decision making and problem solving skills as a part of a supportive peer group.
This loss may essentially be because of death of a loved one, parental divorce or separation, moving house or school as well as many other losses or changes. Teachers are asked to make suggestions from their observations and anecdotal records   with regards to which students would benefit.This is in consultation with parents and the Wellbeing Leader and School counsellor.

Kinder to Prep Transition
  • Enrolments for Foundation Students open on Wednesday, April 24th 2019 at our Information Evening starting at 7pm in our Multimedia Lab.

  • Students should be 5 years of age before 30th April.

  • For further information please download and read our related policies found in the attached files below.

  • Application Forms are also available below.

  • If emailing application form, please send to Errin at ebegley@hsringwoodnth.catholic.edu.au

  • Applications are not accepted BEFORE April 24th 2019

 

Enrolment Timeline 2019

An Information Evening will be held on Wednesday April 24th at 7pm 2019(booking is NOT necessary)

  • At the information evening enrolment information will be available including Enrolment Application Form and Enrolment Policy.

  • Families who have completed an enrolment form will be asked to come for an interview with the school principal, Duncan Arendse; interviews will take about 15 minutes.

  • Interviews will commence the week of Monday 20th May 2019

  • Once Application form is submitted please book an interview with the Principal – Instruction on booking an interview will be provided once an enrolment form is submitted.

  • Letters will be sent to each family indicating whether their child has been offered a place at Holy Spirit for 2020.

 School Tours for 2019 – 9.15am – 10am: Please contact the school office to book a tour – 9876 1103

  • WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST 2019

  • FRIDAY MAY 3RD 2019

  • WEDNESDAY MAY 8TH 2019

  • FRIDAY MAY 10TH 2019

Moving Schools
There are a number of Holy Spirit students who began Primary School in another setting. When a child begins school in a new setting, they are likely to need extra support from parents and other family members at first. How a child copes with change can very much depend on the kind of support she or he receives.  Some ways that Holy Spirit’s supports students to settle in to their new school include:
 
– Families are welcome to visit Holy Spirit to meet teachers beforehand.
– Transition sessions or transition days where the child spends time in their future class or with their future classmates in the weeks leading up to starting at Holy Spirit.
– Obtain teacher’s contact information, to begin relation between classroom and home.

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Meet our principal, teachers, current students, parents, learn about our curriculum opportunities and tips for a smooth start to school!


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