Gleneagles has always had a number of PSD funded students. We also have unfunded students who need support to access the standard curriculum or that need the curriculum significantly modified.
After a year of research into best practice we have designed the Learning Enrichment Centre – LEC that uses a range of resources that provide targeted and at the point of need support in both Literacy and Numeracy.
Students are identified for the Centre through a range of testing and classroom observations. Students performing more than 2 years below year level and PSD students are provide significant literacy and numeracy intervention for approximately 2 periods per week. Students work on building their confidence to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills so they can experience success in all areas of learning. The intention for most students is to provide intense support, eventually exiting them from the program once they develop the necessary skills needed to access the mainstream program.
A program such as this takes several years to be fully embedded and will be refined based on evaluations and student outcomes but six months into the first year and we have already seen positive results for many students both in the LEC and back in the classroom.
The LEC is staffed by 2 teachers and several Education Support staff and is led by our Learning Growth leading teacher. It services over 200 students across year 7 and 8.
As a Year 11 student, I have studied Media since Year 9 and plan to continue in Year 12. I was part of a student team that produced ‘Bollywood Zombies,’ our major film production in 2010. I learned about the full process of creating a film, from pre-production to post-production. During the year, we produce short films for competitions such as the ACMI annual ‘Screen It!’ film contest. I have begun planning for my major short film project I will be entering in next year’s ACMI ‘VCE Season of Excellence Top Screen’ contest. I have used industry-standard equipment to produce high-quality photographs, films and podcasts – just like the professionals! I have a passion for the media industry and hope to get a career in film, television and/or radio.