Our Junior School (Foundation to Year 6) is supported by our school Learning Enrichment team previously known as Learning Support. The Learning Enrichment team support the Principal (Mr Connah), Head of School (Mrs Teakle), Head of Teaching and Learning (Christine Ware) School Counsellor (Jane Savage) and classroom teachers to provide learning assistance to students . Our students are provided with support in class, in small groups, both in and out of class in close partnership with teachers. We are currently exploring how we may also support students who need extension.
Let me introduce the team for those new to our school:
My name is Brenda May and I am the Learning Enrichment Coordinator. I have been at SMLC for 15 years working across Primary and Secondary schools but now only the Junior School. I am a F-6 trained Primary teacher with master’s degree in special education, Graduate Diploma in Developmental Trauma, Diploma in Positive Psychology and Well Being, and Certificate 1V in Career Counselling. I also have training in Gifted and Talented Education, teaching New Arrivals and extensive disability training including working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, vision impairment, physical disability and those needing augmentative communication. I have worked in mainstream education and in specialised settings with students up to the age of 18 years. In addition to teaching and coordinating the Learning Enrichment team by working with parents, school staff and students, my day to day work also involves working with outside professionals such as Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and outside agencies such as the Child Development Unit(CDU), Autism SA, school for Vision Impairment ,Department for Child Protection(DCP). The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has also added another aspect to my work.
Our Enrichment team comprises the following Learning Support Officers:
Donna Papageorgios (Mrs P) has worked at SMLC for 14 years. Prior to joining SMLC ,Donna worked in administration. She holds a Dip of Positive Psychology and Well Being and is trained in QuickSmart, a maths intervention program. She works across the Junior school and has expertise working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social and Emotional needs.
Shelley Chant likewise has worked for many years at SMLC and has completed her Certificate 4 in Educational Support. She is trained in delivering Mini Lit, a group literacy intervention program for young children, and works closely with students in Years 1,2 and 3. Shelley is very busy with small groups and ensuring that little ones feel connected with school.
Krystina Allen joined the Learning Enrichment team several years ago. She has been trained to deliver Mac Lit at SMLC and teaches groups of children for four lessons a week focusing on hearing sounds, writing words and sentences, reading fluency, vocabulary development and comprehension. Mac Lit was developed by Macquarie University to support older struggling readers. Krystina will also be working this year with students who have speech and language difficulties.
Heidi James is part way through her teaching degree after having completed her Certificate 3 in Education Support. She has a busy load with work and study. Last year she too completed the training required for running Mac Lit groups in the school and will be running groups with Krystina. Heidi works across the Junior School and finds working with boys particularly challenging and rewarding. They respond well to her support. She will work mostly with our older students this year.
Claire Heinrich began her time here as a trainee before completing her Certificate 3 in Education. Claire works mainly with Years 4, 5 and 6 students and connects positively with students with her warmth, humour and laughter. She is excited about being involved with the Year 6 musical and the opportunities to continue to develop her skills.
Nat Chambers works in the Middle and Secondary schools and provides a little bit of support to students in Years 5 and 6. She too completed her Certificate 3 in Educational support. Her focus is on teaching daily living skills and in class support. It is good for our Year 6 students to develop a relationship with Nat as she then is a familiar face for students as they move to Middle School.
At the end of last year, we farewelled Rhonda Earl and Sylvia Muller who were part of our team. We wish them well in the new paths that lie before them.
Please feel free to make yourselves known to the team. Our school theme this year of Stronger Together is certainly applicable for the work we do!