The Beacon or Learning Support Centre assists supports students with special learning needs.
The Beacon Centre is a well-equipped department with small classrooms and a wide range of resources. Each of the teachers has extensive experience and qualifications in Special Education.
At Year 7, students are selected as Beacon students based on their initial assessment results from testing undertaken towards the end of the Grade 6 year and on recommendations from their primary school teachers. In Term 4 of each year, parents of eligible students are offered a place in what is commonly knows as Language Workshop classes, held each week in the Beacon Department (S Building).
Selection Process and Structure:
Years 7 and 8
Students who enter The Beacon at Year 7 will generally remain in the program for 2 years. Classes are set at a maximum of 8 students and are timetabled to occur during LOTE classes. Years 7 and 8 Language Workshop students do not study another language but instead, will attend five Literacy support classes per cycle.
Years 9 and 10
At this level, students can select Language Workshop as an elective and they will undertake five classes of Language Workshop per cycle. Most students continue with their Beacon Program in Years 9 and 10. At these levels, the demands of their other subjects increase and the support of the Beacon becomes even more valuable.
At the end of Year 10, Beacon students are advised to consult with their individual Beacon teacher about their choice of future pathway and whether the undertake a VCAL or VCE course of study at Year 11 and Year 12.
The Beacon Program:
The Beacon Program focuses on a range of skills including:
- Reading for pleasure
- Improving Reading / Comprehension Skills
- Essay Writing Skills
- Vocabulary Development
- Spelling Strategies
- Confident Oral Language skills
- Study Skills – Organisation / Time Management
Additional Beacon Supports:
Homework Help Program
The Homework Help Program operates on:
- Wednesday afternoons – 3:30pm to 4:15pm
- VENUE = In the Beacon
To download the Homework Help Program Permission Form, please click on Student Forms.
Every Wednesday at lunchtime an indoor Games Cove runs for students who would like to make new friends in a quieter environment than the schoolyard.
Learning Support Assistants provide in-class support for some funded students and an additional withdrawal program of support is provided for limited numbers of students. Students are selected after consultation with subject teachers and parents.
The Beacon Team manages Special Examination Arrangement Applications for students with specific learning needs in Year 12. This involves the completion of formal applications to VCAA.
Special provisions during exams for eligible Year 9 and Year 10 students are also provided. School based special provisions are in line with VCAA Guidelines and students can be eligible for additional time, a separate venue, rest breaks and computer use and/or scribe.
The Beacon teachers oversee the needs of a number of students with specific learning issues. In this role, they organise regular Program Support Group Meetings, apply to CECV for annual funding, monitor special consideration needs and provide individualised learning support where needed.
Communication and Confidentiality is a priority and Beacon teachers are responsible for writing a profile on each student attending the Beacon Program and for other students with special needs within the College. College teachers can access these confidential notes and this enables them to gain a greater understanding of the specific needs of students and the best strategies to support them in the classroom and school environment.