St Leonard’s provides for the learning needs of its students by employing specialist teachers in the following areas:
Music/ Performing Arts
An Artist in Residence – Performing Art teacher gives a formal lesson to each class once per week. The lesson will always involve singing and movement of some sort. The music/performing arts teacher also conducts choir sessions each week. All children in years 3-6 are actively encouraged to be part of the choirs who perform in sacramental programs. The Performing Arts teacher also coordinates the biennial whole school concert production held on the odd years (ie 2017),
The school employs a Visual Arts teacher who gives lessons to all classes (Foundation- yr 6) each week. The teacher uses a variety of mediums in the classes offered (ie paint, textiles, pottery etc). The Visual Arts teacher also coordinates the Biennial whole school Art Show held on the even years (ie 2016),
St Leonard’s employs an experienced Italian teacher who is responsible for delivering the Language Program to all children from Foundation – grade 6. Each class has one formal lesson per week. The teacher also coordinates a biennial Italian Day which is a celebration of the cultural aspect of the children’s studies.
St Leonard’s employs a qualified PE teacher who takes each class in the school for a formal PE session each week.
The PE teacher is also responsible for the Interschool Sports program that operates in grade 5 & 6 throughout the year.
The school employs a qualified Teacher-Librarian who is not only responsible for running the automated library but who also gives formal library lessons to each class on a weekly basis.
Learning Diversity Leader
The Learning Diversity Leader is employed for a variety of roles within the school. In addition to offering assistance to those children identified as having special needs the Learning Diversity Leader works with a large team of learning support who implement Individual Learning Plans for those children identified as being in need. This team under the direction of the Student Services coordinator is heavily involved in the daily year 1/2 Literacy & Numeracy sessions working with all students of varying ability.
Numeracy Intervention Teacher
St Leonard’s employs a Numeracy Intervention Teacher who specifically works with those children identified through testing to be in need of assistance in the area of mathematics. This assistance is generally offered to students in years 1 -4
Differentiated Universal Early Literacy DUEL Model at St. Leonard’s
Over the last five years, St. Leonard’s has developed a model of teaching in the junior school that enables us to offer all students high-quality, instruction in a program tailored to meet their emerging Literacy needs. In this model, all students receive explicit, differentiated instruction based on their level of development. Students with learning difficulties or diagnosed conditions who require extra support are able to access continuous targeted teaching during their first three years of schooling.
Personalised Learning Programs
Personalised Learning Programs are available for students with specific learning difficulties. These programs are delivered by Learning Support Staff who are trained by professional Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapists and the Literacy, Numeracy and Student Services Coordinators. Programs are delivered in Reading, Numeracy, Oral Language (receptive language, expressive language and articulation) Fine Motor Skills and Social Skills.
Learning Support Staff
Learning Support Staff are employed on a needs basis. At present we have eight staff who work under the direction of the Student Services Coordinator. The support staff work within the classroom settings or in the Wellbeing Centre. They either support one child or more generally a small group of children with the same identified need.
School Counsellor / Child Psychologist
St Leonard’s employ a highly skilled psychologist who works at the school one day per week. The counsellor is available to work with students in a safe and confidential environment supporting issues related to self-esteem, social and behavioural issues, bullying and peer relationships and grief and loss. The counsellor is also adequately equipped to direct parents and staff onto other outside agencies.