Inclusive Practices

Inclusive Practice values the uniqueness and diversity of our children and focuses on being able to provide educational opportunities that may require adjustments and modifications in the school setting.

Identified children are categorised into three areas – PLP (Personalised Learning Plan), ILP (Individual Learning Plan) and Support Plan students.  These individualised plans focus on the needs of each child in accordance with NCCD guidelines.  Identified children are supported in class according to each individualised plan.  Support takes place within the classroom and can occur during small group work with the inclusion support staff.

St Pius X has a Learning Support Teacher whose role is to work collaboratively with educators, children, parents and various outside agencies to support the process of providing inclusive practices in our classrooms.  Student Learning assistants also provide support to children in the provision of inclusive practises.  Much of their work involves supporting children who require adjustments in the classroom and assisting with the implementation of various programs as required.

Classroom teachers are the primary educators responsible for the overall learning and development of your child. The Learning Support Teacher works closely with all teaching staff at St Pius X Primary School to ensure that these individualised plans are implemented ensuring the best possible outcomes for your child.

Gifted Education

St Pius X stands as a Gifted Education Lead School within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Our foremost mission revolves around identifying gifted learners and nurturing their talents through tailored learning opportunities, comprehensive training, and dedicated practice. Our commitment to academic excellence extends to all students, with a particular focus on meeting the unique needs of gifted learners.

To ensure the realisation of our vision, we have a dedicated Gifted Education Mentor (GEM) and a dedicated Gifted Education Committee. Together, they collaborate with teachers to collect and analyse data, pinpoint students’ strengths and areas for improvement, and devise appropriate strategies to cater to individual needs. We firmly believe in differentiating the learning experiences in all classrooms, ensuring that every student receives the targeted support they require to thrive.

At St Pius X, we empower our students to set SMART goals, fostering a profound understanding of their knowledge and areas for growth. By honing their critical thinking skills and gaining clarity about their learning direction, our students are better equipped to embrace their educational journey.

Under the guidance of our GEM, our students have the chance to develop vital skills and strategies while engaging in open-ended investigations. These thought-provoking tasks encourage students to delve deeper, exploring knowledge in a critical and meaningful manner.

At St Pius X, we are dedicated to nurturing the potential of every gifted learner, fostering a community where excellence thrives, and boundless possibilities await. Together, we embrace this exciting journey of learning and growth.