Specialist Programs

Targeted Intervention

Targeted intervention programs are determined on a needs basis across the school. The focus for the program is usually literacy and/or numeracy, however it may also focus on other identified areas of the curriculum. Students usually work with the teacher in small groups either in or outside the classroom.

Reading Recovery

A one-to-one intensive reading intervention program designed for students in their second year of schooling. Working with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher, students participate in daily sessions with the aim of accelerating the student's literacy progress to a level equivalent to the class average.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)

St Finbar's receives a specific English as an Additional Language or Dialect teacher allocation each year. The teacher provides targeted support and intervention for small groups of students who are experiencing difficulty accessing the English curriculum due to language. 

Special Education

The Special Education program assists students who require specialised assistance in identified areas of learning. The emphasis of the program is on supporting the student within the classroom context. Support is determined according to the needs of the individual and may include in-class support, withdrawal from the classroom to work independently or in a small group or one-to-one instruction with a Learning Support Officer.

Seasons for Growth

The Seasons for Growth program is designed to support students experiencing grief and loss due to separation, divorce, death or trauma. Students are grouped according to age and engage in eight sessions with a trained companion followed by two re-connector sessions at a later date.

Parent participation is encouraged and valued during this program.