The Learning Support Department assists teachers to support and monitor progress for students with particular learning difficulties or with special abilities. Generally this support takes part in the regular class setting. Parents and students can discuss concerns with subject or form teachers who will then seek assistance from the Learning Support Department, or, they may contact the Department themselves.
Students with major special education needs are offered an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Parents should indicate special needs on the enrolment form.
For students experiencing difficulty with written work, reading or spelling, some tuition is offered on a whole class basis.
A Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour also assists on a part time basis for students with moderate needs. Referrals for this service must be made through the school Guidance Counsellor, year level Dean or HOD Learning Support.
The Learning Support Department offers help to senior students who are referred by parents or teachers or who refer themselves. students with the greatest need have priority. Study skills workshops are compulsory for Year 11 students and are offered on a voluntary basis to students at other levels.
Mojo Barista Course
Last Tuesday six of Onslow's Learning Support students attended a Coffee Career Day at MOJO Headquarters in Wellington. Head Trainer Katrina Roberts gave them an introduction to coffee and the roasting process, followed by coffee training on the espresso machine and learning how to make pressed coffee. Two Teacher Assistants Kirsty Walker and Hazel Dilger accompanied the students to support them with their practical and written learning.
All six students achieved Unit Standard: 17286 Level 2 2 Credits - Make Pressed Coffee.
Jack Hunter, Jeremy Goddard, Caitlyn Leong, Sharray (Shar) Saxby, Corey Yee and Angus Payne