For supportive, dignified access to the Australian Curriculum

Your child and each of their classmates deserve to feel good at school each day. That’s why our team of Education Support teachers and Education Assistants is such an important piece of the GSG puzzle.

With decades of experience and knowledge, our Education Support teachers will design interventions to assist if your child needs it. Not only that, our Education Assistants are given one-to-one training so they can deliver interventions in line with your child’s unique needs.

One of the things we’re proudest of at Great Southern Grammar is the relationships between classroom teachers, learning support teachers, parents, and specialists. This partnership is the linchpin of our Learning Enrichment program.

Early Childhood and Junior School: Early intervention

Our focus in the early years is getting to know your child. On top of that, we’re working hard to support them to learn the literacy and numeracy skills they need to thrive.

Using evidence-based programs and consistent, kind screening and tracking, your child’s teachers will detect any issues early.

If your child’s teacher does identify a potential learning issue, we’re here to help you work out the next steps.

Following an appropriate assessment, the Learning Enrichment team may create a Curriculum Adjustment Plan (CAP) for your child. This is a tool that lets teachers and specialists know the interventions, accommodations, and/or modifications that are in place to help your child feel successful.

As appropriate, we offer interventions like:

  • Small group reading, spelling and maths support
  • Education Assistant support for eligible students
  • Social skills support in small groups on a range of topics

Whatever their needs, we’ll work hard to find ways to help your child thrive.

Middle School: Targeted intervention

Generally, a large part of our Year Seven cohort are students new to Great Southern Grammar. Coming from schools from across the Great Southern and beyond, they’ve all had varying access to Learning Enrichment in Primary School.

In partnership with parents, primary schools, and our Year Seven teachers, the Learning Enrichment team works furiously to assess and identify learning difficulties and disabilities among our new students.

If your child comes to us with a diagnosed learning difficulty or disability, they may have outgrown their CAP by the time they hit Middle School. That’s why a big part of Learning Enrichment at this age is tweaking CAPs so that they grow with your child.

Not only that, with so many more teachers in the equation, it’s important that your child’s interventions are clear and trackable. Thanks to SEQTA (our Learning Management System) your child’s teachers will have CAPs at their fingertips — all the better to ensure your child gets what they need in class each day.

Here’s a taste of possible learning interventions for your Middle School child:

  • After school Academic Support with subject teachers
  • In-class accommodations and modifications that suit your child’s needs
  • Teacher-Tutors to help during prep, if your child is a boarder
  • Learning Enrichment English classes across Years Seven to Nine

Senior School: Guidance and support

In Years Ten to Twelve, your child will likely have a handle on what they need to be successful in school.

Of course, we still offer in-class support if your child needs it. But many of our Senior School Enrichment students are at the stage where what they need is support and guidance through their chosen subjects.

Your child’s CAP continues to grow with them through Senior School, and their teachers will continue to be mindful of the accommodations your child needs to be successful.

In Senior School, your child may choose to access the following interventions:

  • After-school Academic Support sessions continue in Senior School
  • Access to Teacher-Tutors during prep if they’re a boarder
  • Targeted, year-long classes to support students undergoing OLNA testing

Therapy dogs: relief for when school feels ‘ruff’

One of the most delightful parts of Learning Enrichment at GSG is our extensive therapy dog program.

Of course, there is no requirement for any child to interact with our therapy dogs. But for many GSG students, a mid-day cuddle with a pup is just what the Doctor ordered.

Access to therapy dogs can be a huge support to any child — and the research is clear. Your child might find that exposure to therapy dogs helps with:

  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Memory and problem-solving
  • Stress reduction

Students first

At Great Southern Grammar, your child’s self-esteem is our first priority.

That’s why we’ll do everything we can to support your child to learn in the way that best suits them. If you’ve got questions about how our team can support your child, we encourage you to get in touch.