The school’s learning and support team can assist you with the identification of additional learning and support needs to ensure that the educational needs of your child are being met.
SAER (Students at Educational Risk)
Early detection and intervention of students with potential learning concerns, is beneficial for their development. At HPPS we do this through a process starting with teachers alerting the Learning Support Co-ordinator (LSC) who then convenes a meeting with the Student Support Team made up of the LSC, the School Psychologist, the Chaplain and the Principal. Parents are invited to meetings, where, in partnership with the Team, strategies that best support the child are developed and agreed upon.
The school offers a number of programs to support students experiencing challenges with their learning, including the Support-A-Reader programme. The Support-a-Reader program involves students from year 5 and below who require extra support to improve their reading skills. Members from the Lions Club, together with other community members, attend the school on a regular basis to assist students throughout the year. Volunteers are trained at the school before they commence work and all have a Working With Children Check.
PEAC (Primary Education and Challenge)
The Policy for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students indicates that there are two levels of provision for gifted and talented government school students in Western Australia: school-based and supplementary. Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a centrally supported supplementary program.
PEAC in the North Metro region caters to the special learning needs of gifted and talented students in Years 4, 5 and 6. PEAC centres offer a wide range of extension courses as well as specialist courses in a variety of community and educational settings.
The North Metro Region PEAC staff also offers a professional development program for teachers to support school-based provision for gifted and talented students K-6. An emphasis is placed on teaching and learning strategies which support the district Curriculum Improvement Program. Supporting teachers through professional development means that gifted and talented students, including early childhood students, can be catered for at the school level.
Students need to maintain their normal school work.
For further information: http://www.northmetropeac.wa.edu.au
Professor Howard Gardner has identified distinct intelligences / different ways to learn.
At Hawker Park we use these as a guide throughout the whole school to celebrate each child’s unique intelligences strengths and ensure we cater for individual learning styles. At Hawker Park some staff refer to these as “SMARTS”.
SMARTS: Discovering Learning Potential by Exploring Multiple Intelligences
Visual / spatial – picture smart
Kinesthetic – body smart
Linguistic – verbal word smart
Logical– number smart
Musical / rhythmic – music harmonic smart
Interpersonal – people smart
Intrapersonal – myself smart
Naturalistic – nature smart
It’s important to keep in mind that we all possess all of the intelligences but to different degrees. It’s also helpful to move beyond labeling ourselves as, “Musical with a bit of Logical” or “Kinesthetic and Visual”. Acknowledging how we enjoy learning and what we shine at is wonderful, but we don’t want to limit ourselves or ‘box in’ those with whom we work and learn. Our aim is to encourage well-rounded students who improve in all multiple intelligences areas.