We advance our students’ learning through two methods: Intervention and Extension.
After school intervention is individual assistance through one-on-one and small group tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for an hour. Any secondary student with a question in any area can come and receive assistance from a teacher. Even if they just need help with their homework.
"Every student should receive all the help needed in order to achieve their highest potential, so that they can shine a light in the world through their values of hard work and integrity. Staff at Southern Hills take this calling very seriously.”
– Dr Andre Van Rensburg, Dean of Secondary Curriculum
Extension occurs if the student finishes the class content well in advance. They can go to other stations and do further work that extends their knowledge of the contents being taught at that stage. This in-class extension builds on what the curriculum demands to progress the student further.
Out of class extension occurs when teachers take 4-5 students from a class at a time and give them work above and beyond the curriculum demands. This is not only for individual progress, but also to provide an opportunity for a group of students to brainstorm, come up with new ideas, and develop their thoughts on a topic. This is specifically designed to push students beyond their comfort levels in preparation for ATAR.
Inclusive education means that all students are welcomed by their school in appropriate settings and are supported to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of the school life.
Southern Hills Christian College (SHCC) is committed to providing a safe and accepting environment for students with special needs. It adheres to the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and implements the Australian Disability Standards for Education (2005) to plan personalised learning and support within the school. The process is a combined team effort between teachers, parents and students. SHCC has an Inclusive Education Coordinator to work with the team to ensure that the needs of each student are met.
As Thomas Armstrong said, “A strength-based classroom is a place where students with all sorts of labels come together as equals to form a new type of learning environment.”
Thomas Armstrong, Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life.