All NSW public school students have a right to an inclusive learning environment and to feel happy and safe at school.
At Berowra Public School, teachers work together to identify students who need extra support and may benefit academically from working in a small group environment. Programs for each group are based on what each grade/stage focus is for the term and what aspect of literacy (e.g. sentence structure, spelling, narratives etc) need to be improved on with these targeted children.
Current support programs:
Year 1 are focusing on nursery rhymes this term. The support program focuses on descriptive writing and creating s sentence that paint a picture in the reader's mind. Children have described dragons, castles and magical characters. Every lesson also includes a focus on spelling (initial sounds, blends etc).
Year 2 and Year 4
The students in year 2 and year 4 are woking on the 'super 6' comprehension strategies. Each lesson begins with a shared book and discussion about what was read using the comprehension strategies. Activities in the lesson are based on the text that was read. In Term 1, the focus is on predicting, making connections, and questioning strategies. Students use both oral and written knowledge and skills to communicate their thoughts and most importantly, justify their answers.
Year 3 students are working on the sentences a narratives. This program focuses on the subject/verb/object structure of a sentence and use of adjectives, verbs, nouns. This is then linked in with the structure of a narrative and identifying features of a narrative.
Kindergarten have in class support every morning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This support is to help Kindergarten students with daily tasks, class activities, transitioning with behavioural expectations at Berowra Public School and literacy groups.
A small group of students (currently 8) have been chosen to work with Mrs Cabral during Number Groups. The focus of this group os on number concepts and number skills. Students are exposed to hands on activities and will be given the opportunity to ICT as a tool to improve their learning outcomes. In each lesson, students are also exposed to NAPLAN style questions, to familiarise students with the types of questions, and how to work through the problems.
Aboriginal student support
We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students to help them be successful learners.
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and carers, as well as community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.
The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Our school welcomes students, families and community members from all cultural backgrounds. We appreciate difference and diversity and aim to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive environment that benefits all students.
Our teaching and learning programs develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. Our school fosters student wellbeing and community harmony by implementing anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies that encourage engagement by parents and carers from all backgrounds.
The Multicultural Education Policy outlines the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.
The Anti-Racism Policy confirms the department’s commitment to rejecting all forms of racial discrimination in NSW public schools and eliminating expressions of racism in its learning and working environments.
Learning English is essential for success at school and effective participation in Australian society. We can provide specialist support to help students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).
Schools offer safety, support and security to help refugee students adjust to life in Australia and participate successfully in education. Targeted support strategies are provided to assist refugee students in NSW public schools.
Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in NSW schools.
The NSW anti-bullying website brings together information and resources for teachers, students, parents and carers. It helps to identify, prevent and respond effectively to student bullying, including online bullying. It provides information about online safety and what you can do if your child has been bullied, witnessed bullying or been involved in bullying.
Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.
Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.