Defence School Transition Aide
At Cambell Primary School we are fortunate to have a Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA).
The Defence School Transition Aide Program provides support to children of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members and their families, particularly during their transition into and out of a school on posting. The DSTA assists children and parents to connect to the school community. The DSTA provides support to children during times of parental absence.
Children respond differently to relocation and change. The DSTA works in conjunction with classroom teachers to monitor the transition of both new and leaving students and provide assistance to support the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of these students.
A Defence School Transition Aide is not necessarily a teacher but a member of the school team.
The duties of the DSTA may include the following:
- assisting children and families to integrate into the new school and local community,
- coordinating appropriate welcome and farewell activities,
- smoothing the transition from school to school and between different education systems (including minimising the impact of relocation on learning outcomes),
- monitoring the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of Defence students,
- helping students develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience,
- referring students to services, or school and community programs that meet their needs,
- enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools and communities, and
- providing support to children during times of parental absence.
MultiLit (Making Up Lost Time in Literacy Program)
Students are given the opportunity to participate in a literacy intervention program called MultiLit. This program consists of three parts MiniLit, Reading Tutor and Word Attack Skills. These programs have been operating at Campbell Primary School since 2013 during school hours; however in 2014 we have introduced an early morning session called BUMP (Building Up My Potential) to provide intense learning with some select students.
The skills covered in the MultiLit programs will assist children to: decode text by associating sounds with letters or groups of letters with accuracy and fluency; to build up a bank of high frequency sight words to access text more quickly; and with the support at home, be exposed to and have the opportunity to practise reading every day using strategies that reinforce reading.
LIFT (Learning In Flexible Teams)
Student results are used each week to guide "Learning In Flexible Teams" (known as LIFT). During this time children receive two lessons each week based on their learning needs: catch up, consolidation or extension.
In this way no child should miss the concepts taught. With this approach the expectation of children's learning will be consistent across the year levels and will not be compromised by the class structure.
EALD (English as an Additional Language or Dialect)
EALD students are those whose first language is a language or dialect other than English and who require additional support to assist them to develop proficiency in English.
EALD students come from diverse, multilingual backgrounds and may include:
- Overseas and Australian-born students whose first language is a language other than English(students born in Australia must have one or both of their parents born in a non-English speaking country to receive support)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students whose first language is an Indigenous language, including traditional languages, creoles and related varieties, or Aboriginal English.
EALD students require specific support to build the English language skills needed to access the general curriculum, in addition to learning area-specific language structures and at Campbell we have a specialised EALD teacher.
Campbell Primary School takes part in G.A.T.E.WAYS programs that are offered across the ACT. This program has developed expertise in catering for the special educational needs of gifted and talented children. Students who require extra challenge beyond the regular classroom have an opportunity to work with a cohort of other gifted children from a range of schools who are interested in the same sorts of things as they are. Programs are run at a faster pace and at a higher level than is often possible in their own classroom. The emphasis is on activity-based learning, higher order thinking, critical and creative problem solving and other recommended practice for gifted learners. G.A.T.E.WAYS aims to ignite and maintain that 'spark', that love of learning, which can be lost when a child is not sufficiently challenged. Parents often report that a G.A.T.E.WAYS program gives their child something to look forward to, and many children attend programs regularly throughout their primary school years.