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Student services and support programs

Student Support Services

Oonoonba State School provides and has access to a range of services that supports students’ learning.  This includes whole of school programs in reading, writing and numeracy where students are grouped according to their needs and supported by teachers or teacher aides.

Students with Special Needs:

A Support Teacher – Literacy and Numeracy (STLaN) assists teachers to identify the learning needs of students who have difficulties or who excel at learning.  A plan is discussed and devised with key stakeholders.  Support may then be provided with the assistance of either a STLaN or teacher aide.

Other Department of Education support services include: Guidance Officer, Behaviour Support Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist.

The school also works in consultation with external agencies where required. 

Peer Support Program

 
The school continues to implement the Peer Support program which is fully embedded as part of our curriculum. This is a structured program written by Peer Support Foundation, a non-profit organization in NSW dedicated to providing dynamic peer led programs, which foster the physical, mental and social well being of young people in their community. The aim is to provide a positive and safe learning environment for students and staff. 

The whole school approach allows staff to support students in becoming young people who can take responsibility for their own well being, deal positively, proactively and develop resiliency with their life experiences, be actively involved in, and supported by, their community. The units studied have a cross curricula focus and are consistent with key educational policies and perspectives. 

The school organises students into groups consisting of year 6 students, who are group leaders, and students from across Prep – Year 5. Students then engage in experiential learning activities that develop skills vital to using their knowledge appropriately in a safe and healthy manner. The program provides opportunities for students to develop skills in communicating effectively, decision making, problem solving, modelling appropriate behaviour, leading a group and working in teams. Key concepts include sense of self, resourcefulness, connectedness and sense of possibility.

This program is positively received by all stakeholders.