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Chaplaincy services at Morayfield East State School

 

Chaplaincy services at Morayfield East State School provide positive, supportive and fun activities for the school’s students both in and outside school time, and foster a supportive, caring school community. The Chaplain at Morayfield East:

 runs lunch time activity groups for both upper and lower students

 facilitates group and school wide programs in response to student needs

 provides individual support for children, parents and staff who face significant life issues.

Chaplaincy services offer hope, connection, meaning and purpose to the school community. Chaplaincy enhances vital links between the school and the local community. Currently Morayfield East State School’s chaplaincy service is offered three days a week. Two of these days are federally funded through Scripture Union Queensland, with the other day funded by donations and local community fund raising.

 

 

 

Learning support programs

 

The role of support teachers in literacy and numeracy is to work with school teams and individual teachers in identifying patterns of achievement and selecting evidence based intervention strategies at whole school, cohort and individual students’ level. Across the school, Support teachers provide assistance to underachieving students, students with learning disabilities and high achieving students.

Support teachers in literacy and numeracy work collaboratively with other specialists (e.g. guidance officers, special education staff, and speech language pathologists), to coordinate services which improve students’ learning.

Focus groups

STARS (Strategies to achieve reading success) is currently implemented across the school from Year  2-7. This programme provides precise instruction in and practice of the strategies students need to master, in order to achieve reading success. Students work in ability groups (based on current data) and each group receives instruction and support from either a teacher or teacher aide.

STAMS (Strategies to achieve mathematic strategies) is used throughout the school from Year 2 – 6. This programme provides precise instruction in and practice of the strategies students need to master, in order to achieve mathematic success. Students learn how to solve mathematical word problems that involve using a variety of mathematical strategies.

Specific support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities

Junior elementary maths mastery is a programme that supports students from Year 2 – 6 and consists of a range of questions taken from various maths strands. Students start at base level and progress through subsequent lessons. The focus is on overall mastery of basic maths skills.

Reading link focuses on developing fundamental reading skills, in particular the ability to decode texts. Reading link provides a sequence of activities that teaches students how to decode and encode increasingly more complex words. This programme is implemented from Year 2 – 5.

Learning extension and enrichment programs (LEEP)

In conjunction with the STARS reading and comprehension program, extensions in reading provides challenging instructional activities which strengthens critical reading, organisation and writing skills.