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Student services and support programs

 
 
Supporting students
 
We support our students through a collaborative approach. Teachers collect and analyse data on student learning outcomes and identify students who require support or extension. Teachers differentiate the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to best meet the needs of the range of students in their classrooms. Identified students are referred to the social justice committee, where decisions are made about what targeted support is to be provided to the student.
Students may be:
·    catered for through differentiation practices in the classroom
·    supported through targeted literacy programs: ELF; PMAP; OLLEY, Morning reading program
·    Referred to the social justice committee
·    Identified as requiring and Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) in order to meet the needs of extra support or extension.
 
Kids Matter
 
Moranbah State School is a “Kids Matter” School.  We have a committee made up of school leadership, teachers and teacher aides that drive the program across the school.  A major role of this team is to run lunchtime groups for students that require support socially.  These groups occur every day across the school, and all students are invited, however some students are referred by their classroom teacher.
 
Another aspect to this program is the school has whole school focuses in relation to social behaviour.  These social skills are announced on parade by the Deputy Principal, and these skills are discussed in class and in the playground in order to reinforce the target behaviour.
 
School chaplain
 
Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld Chaplains provide positive adult role models for students. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.
 
 
What does a school chaplain do?
 
A school chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.
Working with other members of the school’s support team, the chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.
The partnership between the school and the chaplaincy service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
 
 
Guidance officer
 
Guidance officers are an additional student support service working within the context of the school community. Guidance officers conduct activities such as student observation and psychoeducational assessment in order to determine the nature of student learning difficulties, disabilities, developmental levels or psychological and emotional status in order to make recommendations for educational adjustments and interventions. They also provide a counselling and referral service to assist students in decision making within an educational context.
 
A guidance officer would expect to receive referrals for students whose needs were not yet being adequately met by existing school-based support staff/programs e.g. classroom adjustments or learning support teachers. This means that some previous interventions and their outcomes should be documented and included in the referral. A referral is usually about significant, ongoing educational needs which persist following some substantial intervention e.g. year 2 net intervention, early intervention. Signed parent permission is required.
 
 
Student Council
 
At Moranbah State School there is a strong focus on student leadership.  The student Council is made up of 2 class captains from each class year 3 – 5, year 6 leaders and 4 School Captains.  The Student Council meets every Tuesday morning to discuss ways to support their fellow students.
 
One role these students play is to run lunchtime activities and offer lunchtime support across the school.  Each day there are student leaders working in their break to support students in need and run games to help engage students.
 
 
Supporting parents 
 
Parents are important stakeholders in the education of our children. We have provided a range of resources for parents to access for support. We endeavour to provide parents with learning opportunities to support the educational outcomes of their children.
 
As a parent if you feel you need support, please feel free to speak to your class teacher or any member of the administration team.  Staff at Moranbah State School, are committed to supporting our parents.
 

Below are some helpful parent newsletters available for download.