Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham, a Catholic School in the Blessed Edmund Rice tradition, respects and celebrates the uniqueness of each learner. The schools motto -“Conanti Corona” – supports the encouragement of every student achieving their personal best.
The Learning Support Program in Years 5-Year 12 meets the diverse learning needs of students in light of the Touchstones of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition: Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Justice and Solidarity, and Gospel Spirituality. Learning that is high in challenge and high in support caters for the diverse learning needs of all students and allows for equal access to the curriculum.
Learning support recognizes the need for inclusive practices, personalized learning and differentiated curriculum. Where necessary, students are on an adjusted program of study including class work and assessment tasks.
Support includes specialist teachers, teachers’ aides and itinerant teachers and applications for Disability Provisions from the Board of Studies or consultation with agencies such as Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children and Aspect Australia.
Gifted & Talented
A structured program begins in Years 7 & 8. The focus is on higher order thinking skills, critical thinking and creativity. The program compliments the school wide approach to curriculum differentiation across the Key Learning Areas. Students are also offered external opportunities for extension in a variety of learning areas.
Academic Support – Indigenous
Learning support is offered to students who identify with an indigenous background. Personal Learning Plans are developed for students in Years 5-12 in consultation/partnership with students and parents to set clear targets against key learning. The central focus is to assist students in maximising their individual potential.
ESL (English Second Language) Program
A specialised program catering for students of LBOTE (Language Background Other Than English) with the greatest needs in learning English. Students eligible for ESL support range from those newly arrived in Australia and beginning to learn English, to Australian born students from a non-English speaking background. ESL support of students’ learning of English is so that they develop their English language and literacy skills and are able to access the curriculum, fully participate in schooling and achieve equitable educational outcomes. ESL provides explicit language learning support in the context of the curriculum.