Reading Recovery has been operating at Holy Spirit School for over 21 years. During that time over 200 children have benefited from the program. At present Holy Spirit has eight trained Reading Recovery teachers. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program designed to reduce reading failure. It requires the provision of intensive, high quality assistance to students experiencing reading difficulties during the early years of schooling. Students who participate in this program are given an intensive daily individual instruction for thirty (30) minutes over a period of twenty (20) weeks. The program is supplementary to classroom literacy instruction. Parents of the children selected for the programme are contacted prior to the child being accepted into the scheme. A commitment is also required by the parents to assist at home with follow up activities.
Holy Spirit has provided support for students with special needs over many years. The school has a Special Needs Coordinator, who in conjunction with the classroom teacher, the Principal and the Deanery Education Officer [Special Needs] aims to provide an individual program that best suppports the needs of the student.
As students are often identified as having Special Needs after they begin formal schooling, classroom teachers may refer students for testing to determine whether a particular student is eligible for funding.
Holy Spirit follows the Diocese of Wagga Wagga Enrolment Policy, an extract of which you will find below. For further information regarding this policy please contact the school office.
Ascertainment Procedures for the Enrolment of Students with Disabilities Diocese of Wagga Wagga
The Process of Ascertainment is used to provide a reliable and formal way of identifying new students with disabilities who may require special educational support. This process assists in the forward planning to ascertain and gauge the level of specialist support needed and to provide quality programs for those students identified as having Special Needs. For Students to qualify for support as a Student With Disabilities they must have an intellectual, sensory, physical, social/emotional, language or multiple disability. The student must have been formally assessed as having a disability by a person with the relevant qualifications.
The degree of disability must be sufficient to satisfy the criteria for enrolment in the government special education services or programs in the State. The student must be provided with a special education program or service or program in respect of the disability.
On the rare occasion where there is evidence that a student has a significant disorder or malfunction that is not adequately described by one or more of the previous criteria and the condition is impacting greatly on the educational outcomes, the Education Officer Special Services will consider all available documentation and make a determination on a case by case basis.
The level and type of assistance provided to the student will be determined on a needs basis using all the information available. This decision will be made by the Special Education Advisory Committee at the Funding meeting. The level of funding will be reviewed on an annual basis.