At Our Saviour, we value diversity and welcome all students. We strive to encourage and support each child to learn the academic, social and emotional skills necessary to be a successful lifelong learner and an independent, responsible member of our community.
The school employs a Learning Support Coordinator who along with a team of dedicated Learning Support Officers, works collaboratively with the classroom teachers to provide targeted help to individual students who have specific needs.
Students are identified as eligible for support in the following ways:
classroom teacher identification
parental concerns / personal interviews
evidence based testing and data
medical / educational history
Independent Learning Plans for identified students are set up by the Learning Support Coordinator in consultation with the classroom teacher and the parents/caregivers. During this process, individual goals are established, programmes are initiated and follow-up schedules organized.
Targeted students then receive a range of personalized support from the LSO team such as:
One on one specific tutoring
Inclusion in social skills programmes
Access to supervised quiet time in the Rainbow Room (an area equipped with sensory games and calming activities).
All of our teachers receive regular professional development to ensure that current and best teaching practices are used and students are provided with a safe, welcoming and calm classroom environment. Teachers plan differentiated tasks that meet each student’s needs and provide a range of strategies and activities that encourage students to be engaged in the learning process. Teachers meet regularly with the learning support coordinator and the support team to discuss student progress and optimize opportunities for success and growth.
Catering for Student Diversity
At Our Saviour, we have students with a wide range of abilities, interests, gifts and talents which we cater for in a two-pronged approach.
Firstly, the teaching staff receive regular professional development to enhance their skills so that they are able to implement Quality Differentiated Learning Practices which enable individual students entry points into their learning (regardless of their level) and the opportunities to participate in learning activities which will review, consolidate and extend their knowledge and capabilities in all subject areas.
Secondly, the school ethos embraces the uniqueness of each student and the wide range in which their gifts may blossom, not only academically but creatively as well, by providing a curriculum that is rich in whole school activities which encourages individual talents and strengths. For example:
Sport’s Day and participation in SAPSASA - focus on athletics.
Swimming lessons twice a year at Immanuel College Indoor Swimming Pool.
Various sporting teams such as soccer, netball, football and volleyball.
Camps that offer fun and exciting opportunities for activities such as climbing, canoeing and collaborative games.
Musical / Drama abilities
A biannual whole school musical.
A variety of private music teachers who work with students before, after and during the school day teaching – piano, drums, guitar, violin, singing etc.
Artistic and creative capabilities
A specialist Art teacher who works with every class each week from Reception to Year 7.
Lunchtime activities that offer creative tasks to all interested students.
German is taught from Reception to Year 7 as a second language.
High-order thinking activities such as Chess
Students are taught the rules and strategies of Chess when in Year 5.
A chess club meets weekly in Term 2 for Year 5, 6 and 7 students.
Annual participation for Chess Club players to participate in the Southern Schools Chess Tournament.