LEAPS provides Learning Enrichment and Program Support for students. The LEAPS team is committed to assisting and enriching the learning experiences of students to maximise their potential and educational outcomes. The team consists of the LEAPS Coordinator/Teacher, Learning Support Teacher, Enrichment Teacher and Learning Support Assistants. The department collaborates with parents, teachers and other specialists to form a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting students and their learning needs. Program Support Group meetings for identified students are conducted throughout the year and Individual Learning Plans are implemented when applicable.
LEAPS administers assessments, recommends strategies and resources, liaises with staff and others, and provides intervention or enrichment. Students receive support within their classroom or work in small groups or individually in the LEAPS/Enrichment areas. LEAPS assists in a range of subject areas as well as in the development of social, organisational, study and homework skills.
LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM
In Class Support
Social Skills Classes
Enrichment Withdrawal Sessions
The Primary Enrichment program at Waverley Christian College’s Wantirna South campus seeks to meet the educational needs of gifted and talented students through a specific withdrawal program. The program consists of weekly, double learning sessions, with student groups of 6-8. Enrichment classes are designed to develop Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) through problem solving, open ended questions and explicit teaching. A broader range of skills, such as research methods, creative thinking, critical analysis and logic skills are also incorporated. New subject matter is selected each semester with a fresh inquiry topic to explore, analyse and discuss
As the needs of students vary, each child is supported and extended as necessary within the group dynamic and encouraged to work independently as well as collaboratively on tasks. Our Enrichment sessions create a safe space for like-minded students to engage in deep discussion, work at an individual pace and indulge in ‘big idea’ thinking.
Students are identified internally for Enrichment through teacher recommendation, assessment data and testing with the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT-II).
Students are also considered for inclusion if they are deemed “Gifted” by an external testing source and/or an Educational Psychologist recommendation.
In Class Differentiation
Differentiation within the general classroom is an important component of supporting our Enrichment students. Classroom teachers aim to differentiate by creating learning experiences that are engaging and relevant for all student abilities. The Primary Enrichment teacher works with the classroom teacher to ensure students are given appropriate opportunities and support.
A wide range of extracurricular competitions and inquiry experiences are provided for students to participate in, usually at an additional cost to parents. Students are selected for competitions following careful consideration and discussions with classroom teachers. Several extracurricular opportunities are open to all students, including weekly Chess Club, Premier’s Reading Challenge and ICAS competitions.
Selected students are chosen to represent Waverley Christian College, Wantirna South, in an external enrichment program held at different host schools across Melbourne. The program allows like-minded students opportunities to compete in various intellectual challenges. These challenges incorporate Science, Language, Mathematics, Philosophy and Critical and Creative thinking skills. The team selected to participate in the G.A.T.E.WAYS Interschool Problem Solving Challenge, if successful, then have the opportunity to progress through to the State and National Finals.
An external provider conducts Chess lessons weekly on campus, these are open to all students. Lessons for Year 1 operate Monday lunchtime while lessons for Years 2-6 operate Mondays 3.30 - 4:30pm. Students regularly compete in interschool tournaments and progress through to the State Finals each year, including at National level. Inter-school tournaments occur once a term for a full day and vary between host schools in Melbourne. The Chess team selected to represent Waverley Christian College at tournaments are students who are performing at the highest Chess level.