Learning Support and enrichment
We are committed to creating a personalised learning environment for each Cedars’ student so they develop an eagerness for learning, a strong assurance of their worth, and the desire and values to contribute meaningfully to local and international communities.
The Learning Support team are dedicated to ensuring that the environment at Cedars is fully inclusive and that a broad range of learning experiences is accessible to all.
Cedars offers a range of targeted programs to support the individual needs of students including learning support, the development of English language skills, along with enrichment and extension programs.
The College is committed to ensuring that students with a physical, learning or English language difficulty can participate in the education and choices provided by the College on the same basis as those opportunities and choices offered to a student without physical, learning or English language difficulties.
Learning Support practices include co-teaching in the classroom, small group workshops, 1:1 tuition and referrals to outside agencies. Programs target spelling, both phonemics and sight work mastery; reading competency and comprehension; writing, including punctuation and text types and arithmetic concepts.
English as an Additional Language
Cedars offers targeted English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The programs are designed for those who need additional assistance in development and consolidation of their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Extension and Enrichment
Student enrichment is delivered in a variety of ways to stimulate the thinking, enhance the skills and extend selected students in their area of strength and passion. Apart from daily extension of individual students in the classroom, selected students are given the opportunity to work in extension groups. These small groups work with a teacher to learn new concepts and share ideas, work on projects and develop their skills. Extension students may also be integrated into classes from higher year groups while others who are exceeding academically and socially may be accelerated into a higher grade level.
Extension is also achieved through interaction with external education providers such as the University of Wollongong or by competing with other students in regional, State or National competitions. These include local debating and creative writing competitions, sporting gala days and engineering and maths challenges. Teachers are always on the lookout for opportunities to enrich their students’ learning both in the day-to-day as well as in the extra-ordinary.