St Joachim’s School has a wonderful reputation in the community as being inclusive of all students, regardless of their ability, knowledge or skill set.
Inclusive Education has dramatically changed since many of the parents and teachers were students in a primary school setting. From the 1970s to 2012 there has been a clear movement from exclusion (of some students with disabilities), to segregation, to integration and mainstreaming, to what we have now… Inclusive Education.
The term inclusive practice or inclusive education has traditionally been used in relation to students with a disability. Educational thinking throughout Australia has developed to the point where the concept of inclusive education now encompasses the needs of all students. The focus is on maximising all students’ learning.
Inclusive education means that all students in a school, regardless of their differences, are part of the school community and can feel that they belong.
At St Joachim’s Mrs Bernadette Little is the Support Teacher – Inclusive Education. Her main role is to work in collaborative partnerships to achieve educational outcomes for all students by developing a whole school commitment to inclusive practices in an evolving educational environment.
Mrs Little is an important part of the weekly Student Support Team meetings where we discuss the specific needs of students – not just those who might be finding schooling difficult but those who might be having difficultly socially or those who are achieving well beyond their own year level. Ms Lauren Phillips (Guidance Counsellor), Mr Dan Hodge (Assistant Principal) and Mrs Chris Ioannides (Principal) form the St Joachim’s School Student Support Team.
Nationally Consistent Collection of
Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
The Australian Government and all state and
territory governments have agreed to work towards the full implementation of a
nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability by
To find out more about the NCCD please download the Fact Sheet.
Fact Sheet - Information for Parents 2014.pdf