St Dominic’s College Diverse Learning 

The St Dominic’s College Diverse Learning Department uses a multifaceted approach to supporting the various needs of students from Years 7 to 12, including the students of Savio Education Centre. The College strives to provide an inclusive environment for all students including those who face challenges with their learning – academically, socially and emotionally.

Students with diverse learning needs are identified using information from parents, primary schools and the results of diagnostic tests such as NAPLAN in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, PAT-Reading, PATMathematics and the York Assessment of Reading and Comprehension. We have a committed Diverse Learning team who consistently support and encourage the boys to achieve academic success. Staff provide support within the classroom, in small group settings as well as providing one-to-one support when required.

Students who demonstrate exceptional skills in various learning domains are also provided with opportunities to further extend their capabilities through a range of enrichment opportunities.

In 2017 a Literacy Framework was introduced to the College to assist students in meeting the Literacy and Numeracy standards for the HSC. To drive academic achievement specific programs targeting literacy and numeracy are conducted through Years 7 – 10. Programs include the Macqlit Reading Intervention Program and EMU Mathematics.

Special Provisions for examinations are accessible to students in situations where eligibility criteria is met. This process is formalised with NESA for Years 11 and 12, when further documentation is essential.

When required, itinerant teachers from varying organisations are accessed to advise and assist students with specific disabilities such as hearing and vision loss. Reasonable adjustments in the learning environment ensure high quality learning for students with specific needs.

Student personal plans are formulated during Term 1 for identified students. These plans are developed in conjunction with members of the Diverse Learning staff, parents, the student and representative class teachers. Personal Plans are designed to guide students and teaching staff with strategies to help produce the best academic gains for the student, as well as promote their social and emotional wellbeing. 

Student Assessment Support –

The St Dominic’s College Diverse Learning Centre is open at the following times for students to access assistance with the completion of their assessment tasks. 

Times
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Morning

8.15-8.50am

Closed Open Open Open Open

Recess

Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed

Lunch

Open Open Open Closed Open

Afternoon

3.00-4.00pm

Open Open Open Open Closed

Staff members

Ms Monica Day 
Mrs Pam Dalton 
Mrs Miffany Gaspersic
Mrs Janette Hands
Mrs Lena Laurenzi

College Psychologist: Mrs Debbie Haydon