The Student Pathways & Futures Faculty oversees P-12 Learning Enhancement, English as and Additional Language, Careers education and development, career counselling services and the monitoring and support of students in Years 11 and 12 studying a Portfolio Pathway (non-ATAR) Program.
The Faculty is committed to providing a future focussed, safe, and supportive environment where students feel nurtured as they learn. We recognise that each student learns differently, requiring the tools and confidence to have a greater understanding of themselves, their abilities and interests.
Careers & Portfolio Pathways Program
The St Margaret’s Careers and Portfolio Pathways Program is designed to assist students in making informed and effective decisions regarding their chosen pathway, so they are better prepared for the challenges of tertiary education and the world of work through the School’s individually focussed Careers Education Program.
This applies to all students whether they follow a tertiary studies pathway or a vocational education pathway. The program aims to enhance the opportunities offered to students through an established network of mentoring and practical real-world experiences provided by both internal and external individuals, business and educational institutions.
The St Margaret’s Student Pathways & Futures team support students with their subject selection, SET planning and career guidance, ensuring students build resilience, leadership capabilities and life skills.
Under the leadership of the Head of Faculty – Student Pathways & Futures and the Careers Counsellor, St Margaret’s works to support current students in making the best possibly decisions related to their work and study. Through various opportunities and activities targeted to specific individual needs, our aim to provide students with all possible opportunities to succeed in their desired field.
The Careers & Portfolio Pathways Program is tailored to a student’s requirements on a case-by-case basis and is dependent upon their year level and aspirations for the future.
The Student Pathways & Futures Office (Careers & Portfolio Pathways) is located in the Senior Library and open to all year levels. Students are most welcome to drop in before and after school or during break times. Parents and students requiring a longer meeting, or specific time, should book an appointment through the POD page.
All St Margaret’s parents and students are encouraged to visit the Student Pathways & Futures POD page which will keep them up to date with the latest career news and opportunities.
The Learning Enhancement Program at St Margaret’s reflects the School’s commitment to ensuring that each student is given the opportunities necessary to succeed. It incorporates the provision of support to students with learning difficulties/disabilities and mental health/wellbeing needs and extends to the provision of opportunities to challenge gifted and talented students. It also includes students requiring assistance with fluency in English. In this instance, students may join our English as Additional Language (EAL) Program to receive support with English to support learning and have access to specialist teachers across the curriculum.
The Student Pathways & Futures Faculty’s aim is to enable all students to achieve their potential and experience personal success. The team work closely with parents, classroom and specialist teachers and, where appropriate external consultants aimed at maximising individual learning potential.
Learning Enhancement is provided for students with learning, communication or concentration difficulties, or for those with physical needs that require an environmental adjustment. It may be provided individually or in groups, depending on the needs of the student.
The Gifted and Talented program provides enrichment and extension opportunities. Students in the program are encouraged to develop their interests through activities such as The da Vinci Decathlon, Maths Olympaids, Tournament of the Minds, pre-tertiary courses of study and gifted and talented workshops offered throughout the year.
The Learning Enhancement Program involves the following practices:
Embedded Classroom Differentiation
Differentiation is a key pillar of the St Margaret’s Quality Teaching and Learning Framework and as such is expected in all learning contexts at the school. It relates to every element of the learning environment and needs to shape all interactions with students. Ultimately differentiation means dealing with each student and her needs in the most effective way. It involves ensuring that the curriculum is accessible to each girl regardless of her particular level of development or understanding.
Classroom programs focussed on enhancing student’s learning capabilities
Within subject disciplines, through specialised, targeted classroom offerings, academic staff explore with students the beliefs and behaviours that constitute good learning. In addition, there are a number of bolt-on programs focussed on developing in students the dispositions and thinking associated with high quality learning, including the Year 7 Science of Learning Program.
Academic Enrichment Program (Years 7 to 10)
Students in Years 7 to 10 who are achieving at a very high standard and/or not being appropriately challenged within the classroom disciplines are identified during Term 1 and invited to be part of the academic enrichment program. These programs are designed to engage students at a level significantly beyond usual classroom learning experiences through their academic rigour, transdisciplinary approach and independent learning requirements.
Classroom Programs to Support Literacy and Numeracy
Students who require support in literacy, numeracy or with English as an additional language are able to engage in classes specifically designed for these purposes. Entry into these classes is based on needs assessments from academic staff.
Individualised Learning Program
Students with specific, identified needs are provided with individualised learning plans. There are three types of plans.
- Diagnostic Learning Plan (DLP) – this is for students with diagnosed disabilities or learning needs
- Learning Support Plan (LSP) – for students with identified needs which impact upon their capacity to engage effectively in learning
- Altered Learning Plan (ALP) – this is for students who are entitled to an alteration in their program owing to high level (State, National or the equivalent) commitments in either sporting or cultural endeavours