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Student services and support programs

The shared leadership support team includes the Principal, Deputy, HOC, Support Teacher Literacy and Language (STLN), Community Indigenous Liaison Officer and School Chaplain who all work collaboratively with staff, parents and students to implement the ‘Richie Hill Way’.

A culture of caring, fairness and firmness permeates school life while positive interactions in the playground and in the classrooms is encouraged by the whole school family  improving student outcomes and social and emotional well being.

Our Student Support team is led by our admin team who work closely with  STLN, Guidance Officer, Students With Disability (SWD) Teacher and visiting support staff which include:

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Advisory Teachers
  • Child Youth and Mental Health (CYMH) staff
  • Personalising Learning

Personalising Learning

Staff members at Richmond Hill State School are passionate about personalising learning for all students.  

We achieve this through:

  • Exploring and catering to student preferred learning styles
  • Embedding Higher Order Thinking skills into lessons
  • Embedding co-operative learning strategies into lessons
  • Discussing and planning learning goals with students.
  • Allowing students the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback on their learning

Feedback

Providing feedback is central to improving student learning, whether it is feedback to students about what they have been able to successfully achieve or to teachers about what their students already know and what they need to learn next. Feedback has to be focused on front end assessment or learning goals that have been identified.

Classroom Teachers write a Learning Support Plan for students below benchmarks and this is communicated with  both parents and students.  

Support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy (STLN)

The Support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy (STLN)'s focus is on the collection, analysis and maintenance of data on Literacy and Numeracy achievement and the documentation of responses made to underachievement.

STLNs provide support to school teams and individual teachers in identifying patterns of achievement and selecting intervention strategies at whole school, cohort and individual levels.

Religious Instruction in school hours

 
Religious Instruction (RI)  is  provided at this school and is conducted once a week for 30minutes in Year 1 to Year 6.  The  faith groups that provide  religious instructors to deliver an authorized program are listed below:
Title of Program Delivered at School  -  Authorised by Relevant Faith Group/s.
Cooperative  Arrangement for Delivering Program
Name and Contact Details of Program’s Coordinator
 Ministers Fraternal
 
 
 
 
Catholic
Assembly of God
Uniting Church
Anglican
Church of Christ
Christian Outreach Centre
 
Viv Chapman
 
 
Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for Enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.
 
The Religious Instruction Program  approved is Godspace.
The aims of the  program include:
·         To present to students the basic content of the Christian Gospel set out in the written and living Word of God and to present it in  a simply and clearly.
·         To present it in such a way that students not only gain Christian knowledge but see the relevance of that in daily living and are made aware of the importance of a personal response to Jesus Christ
 
This resource provides:
·         Individual lesson notes, lesson plans and ways to explore and make meaning of scripture verse and stories.
·         Every child receives a pupil book There are four books at four  levels of understanding
·         They are Explorers Yr 1 Adventures Yr 2/3 Navigators Yr 4/5 and Voyagers Year 6.
·         Each RI Teacher meet together, plan sessions and provide feedback.
 
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include, but is not restricted to:
·         personal research and/or assignments
·         revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities
·         wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student
 
No RI is conducted in Prep Classes at this school.
Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI  to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child’s participation. 
 
 

School Chaplain

Chaplaincy Program

Our school also has the services of a chaplain funded through the Australian Government's National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Our chaplain, Lydia  works two days each week.
 

The Richmond Hill School community seeks to provide a Chaplaincy Program endorsed by the school’s Parents and Citizens’ Association and available on a voluntary basis to all students.

The chaplain is involved in a range of activities which happen at this school that are Free of Religious, Spiritual and/or Ethical Content. They include: counselling, support at sport events, sport coaching, additional support to participate in learning programs, leadership activities support, uno club and one to one support.

Written parental consent is required for your child to meet individually with the school’s Chaplain on a regular or ongoing basis. Should this be required a permission form will be sent home for your completion and return. Access to the chaplaincy service may be made through the school office by speaking with the Deputy Principal or Principal.

Our school Chaplain is Chappy Lydia Griffiths. Our Chappy Days are Wednesday and Thursday.