Calderwood Christian School is committed to providing students with the tools to meet their God-given potential. We aim for confident and successful students who are supported to achieve their personal best.
From Kindergarten to Year 12, students are given opportunities to extend and enrich their learning in subjects where it has been identified that they are working beyond their grade level.
Other activities and events offered to students include:
- Cross grade acceleration for students who demonstrate a high level of confidence and ability in specific subject areas
- ICAS competition participation in major subject areas
- Tournament of Minds teams
- Chess tournaments
- Access to the University of Wollongong Learning Labs program
- Teams attend the da Vinci Decathlon
- Master Class participation for our senior students.
Calderwood has a highly skilled team who provide support to students in both curriculum and pastoral areas. The Learning Support team support students and staff to ensure access to the curriculum at an equal level for all students. For all students K-12, this support includes:
- A collaborative planning process for identified students who require an Individual Plan and/or Learner Profile. These documents provide staff with information to ensure that adjustments and modifications are provided to students.
- Teacher’s Aide support in our classes at identified times of need.
- Access to the school psychologists for students who have been identified as requiring support.
- Each classroom teacher is committed to ensuring that their teaching programs are differentiated to meet the needs of the whole class cohort.
- Learning support staff mentor staff and students in accessing the adjustments required to make learning accessible.
Learning Support in the Junior School
Additionally in Years K-6, this support includes:
- Small group and 1:1 remedial reading programs, including Minilit, Multilit, Read Live and the Reading Tutor program.
- Stage Literacy and Numeracy groups that allow for focused skill development in these subjects multiple times a week.
- A well-resourced sensory room with a program run by a qualified occupational therapist.
- Arrangements with external professionals (including speech therapists and occupational therapists) to visit our school on a regular basis to provide services to students who have NDIS approval.
- Support staff and school psychologists provide care at drop off and pick up for students experiencing separation anxiety.
- Standardised testing with all K-6 students at regular intervals to identify areas of need and allocation of support.
- Our school psychologists are also equipped to administer standardised testing (such as WISC) when a request is made by the Learning Support Coordinator.
- Cross-grade opportunities to support confidence in learning where gaps have been identified.
Learning Support in the Senior School
Additionally in Years 7-12, this support includes:
- 1:1 and small group tutorial periods for students requiring additional support, either regularly or when needed - for instance, close to exam times and when assessments are due.
- Support provisions provided to students during exam time.
- Access to the school sensory program for identified students.