The Learning Support department supports students in many areas of the school for a variety of reasons. If you have a student who has previously had help with a special learning need please contact us to ensure we are aware of your child’s needs. It is particularly important that you let us know of any diagnosed learning problems such as Dyspraxia, Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties and any diagnosed behavioural difficulties such as ADHD or Aspergers. Whilst we cannot fix these problems we can help make teachers aware of strategies to help students continue to make progress.
Some students may be eligible for reader-writers or extra time in exams. There are strict guidelines from NZQA about using this assistance and we need to ensure that students have sufficient practice to be eligible.
This year the team in learning support includes:
- Louisa Clissold (HoD): Special needs and learning support, ORRS teacher
- Julie Alce: Literacy Support Teacher and ORRS teacher
- Sonia Rutherford: Opportunity Room Teacher
- Sue Willson: Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour
We also have our fantastic team of Teacher Aides who work with teachers in a variety of classes to support the learning of our students. Our Teacher Aides are; Audrey Agnew, Olive Beban, Flora Pamment, Fay Tucker, and Colin Burt.
Head of Learning Support and Special Needs - Louisa Clissold