We recognize that we all learn slightly differently and many students find learning at school very challenging. Southern Cross College offers a broad range of support, where appropriate, to help learning to be more achievable and hopefully more satisfying for students.
We work closely with the RTLB Service and Ministry of Education Special Education (Psychologists), Social workers.
Social programmes are scheduled to support students who may be anxious at school, have low self-esteem or are finding the transition to school overwhelming.
The ESOL and Accelerated Learning departments have planned a long term goal where we are working alongside each other, sharing resources and developing pedagogy to support student language and learning needs.
Transition meetings for selected students as they move into their new school.
Adapted lessons so the child can participate in the lessons at their personal learning level.
Scheduled meetings with the student and parents to discuss suitable learning goals for the student. (IEP Individual Learning Plan)
Teacher Aide support where there is an identified need to support the student with the learning goals.
Assessment support for students who qualify for exceptional test conditions e.g. A Teacher Aide Reader or Writer to support the student for formal tests, extra time allocated to the student to acknowledge a specific learning difficulty
We encourage all students to become more involved and independent in their learning.
The Accelerated Learning Centre is a place for all of Southern Cross College students. Staff and parents are frequent visitors as we try to work together to remove barriers to learning. We aim to help students to find relevant, independent, enjoyable and successful learning experiences. The overall aim of the Accelerated Learning Centre is to encourage and support independent learning.
The facility has a classroom, computers, and a relaxed study area. Two staff co-ordinate the variety of programs that are based in the Accelerated Learning Centre. These programs range from individual learning programs to group tuition. The emphasis in the Accelerated Learning Centre is on the learning process rather than a particular subject area
The E learning Hub is a language laboratory designed to empower teachers, engage students and provide a motivating learning experience.
English as a Second Language (ESOL) programmes address the specific language needs of ESOL students attending Southern Cross Campus College. English Language courses are needs-based and all students who have arrived in New Zealand in the last 5 years are assessed to ascertain the most appropriate course for them.
The programmes include:
Students with extremely minimal English can attend Reception classes. This means that, rather than attending mainstream classes that might be too challenging for the students with limited English reading, writing, speaking, listening, speaking and vocabulary skills the students attend language classes where the focus is on vocabulary, reading comprehension and basic writing skills.
The Junior students (Year 7 to10) attend English Language Learning classes in place of mainstream English and Social Studies. These classes focus on a variety of topic studies aimed at supporting the students in their other subjects and developing their comprehension and writing skills to prepare them for integration to mainstream subjects.
The English Language Support senior classes offer NCEA credits. Students who opt for this subject are offered EL Unit Standards between levels 1 and 3 and English L1 and 2. Students have the opportunity to gain their University Entrance Literacy.
The aim of the courses is to help students move, when they are ready, into a limited range of mainstream subjects. Topics are chosen to aid the transition to mainstream subjects.
The direction for student learning is underpinned by the vision statements in The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). The vision for all English language learners is that they will be confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners. It is important that their cultures are valued for the contributions they bring.
Our goal is to develop individual learning programmes in line with Innovative Learning Pedagogy and principles.
This involves not only developing pedagogy and resources, but developing teaching spaces to cater for the range of student needs. Long term, we visualise an ILP where we are working alongside Accelerated Support, sharing resource and developing pedagogy to support student language and learning needs. In order to do this, we need to systematically work through the processes to develop what ‘works for Southern Cross Campus’ so that it is an easy shift into the ILP once the new building project is completed.
Students at Southern Cross Campus belong to a community of learners. The leadership of Southern Cross Campus is committed to the concept of the lifelong learner, where skills and abilities are taught to ensure students learn how to learn. The Accelerated Learning Centre would help to ensure success in and beyond secondary school.
The Accelerated Learning Centre would offer a comprehensive range of learning support programs. These include specialist help to address literacy and numeracy needs, reading and mentoring programs, individual and group-learning.
A small group could be taught a differentiated curriculum within the Accelerated Learning Centre for some of their timetable.
The role of the centre would be diverse – a blend of social and academic aims and a commitment to assist not only the students but also the parents, caregivers, and teaching staff to bridge gaps in understanding and to ensure that learning experiences are positive.
There would always be adults available to assist students in the Accelerated Learning Centre. A range of resources would be developed and constantly updated for the student to use that will allow them to work on their own.
The ESOL and Accelerated Learning have planned to working alongside each other, sharing resources and developing pedagogy to support student language and learning needs. In order to do this, we need to systematically work through the processes to develop what ‘works for Southern Cross Campus’ so that it is an easy shift into the MLE once the new building project is completed. These ae the following areas of development: