Education Support Learning
As many of you would be aware Mrs de Villiers has gone on maternity leave and now has a beautiful baby girl; mother and baby are doing well.
Mrs de Villiers was overseeing the Educational Support programs at PCS and she was also teaching some of our students in small group settings. Whilst she is on maternity leave, Mrs Jenny Mahoney has taken on an additional role as Head of Educational Support. She has been meeting with teachers to discuss the needs of students, and how we can best support them. In addition, Mr Brian Cavanagh has taken on the face-to-face teaching role with Junior School students and he has quickly come to know the students that he is supporting during Reading groups.
Our students also receive support from our wonderful Education Support Assistants (ESAs): Mrs Nicole Colbourn works with students in Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten), Mrs Lisa Payne works with Stage 1 students (Years 1 and 2), and Mrs Vanessa Renny works with students in Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4). Our ESAs provide support to students in a variety of ways including running Minilit program sessions to boost Reading skills, sight word and phonics practice with students, and supporting students in class during Writing and Mathematics lessons. Another important role they fulfil is to support students in the playground. The ESA staff have a great understanding of student needs, and they work hard to build relationships with the students that give them a safe, understanding, and empathetic adult that they know they can go to when they are experiencing difficulties that may range from a learning need to a social/emotional need. They also watch out for students who may require assistance during school events such as carnivals.
My role in the Educational Support Team is to assist with communication with families about their children which may include being present in interviews, and to update Individual Learning Plans (ILPs). I am also liaising with service providers such as Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists who provide support for our students. This ties in very well with my role as Deputy Head of Junior School.
At PCS we see all children as created by God in a unique way with varying gifts and talents that can be used to serve the Lord and fulfil an amazing life. We endeavour to provide support for children so that they can reach their potential and grow in all areas of life. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about your child as we work together to support them.
Miss Janice Roberts
Deputy Head of Junior School