Learning and Support Teacher
Our current Learning and Support Teachers are Ms Ciano and Ms Tipene.
Our teachers assist students and staff to meet the diverse learning needs of students in our school community.
NCCD evidence is routinely gathered and assessed for quality and effectiveness. A document outlining our policy can be found here: NCCD evidence document.
Careers and Transition
Our current Transition Advisor is Ms August.
Her role includes:
- being a member of the Holroyd High School careers and transition team
- working in close collaboration with the careers adviser
- providing targeted support for students, particularly those most at risk from disengaging from education or training
- planning student transitions from high school into TAFE (technical and further education) and employment
- providing one-on-one consultation and developing individualised learning plans to help students develop and work towards achieving personal goals
- collaborating with the school to work team, head teacher vocational education and training (VET), learning support team and the executive.
Miss Joseph also provides other support within the school as the ICT co-ordinator and the Years 7 to 8 enrichment program co-ordinator.
Information and communications technology co-ordinator
- Provides assistance to teachers regarding the use of interactive communication technologies in the classroom.
- Provides assistance to students who are experiencing difficulty with using ICT as a part of their learning experience.
Year 7 and Year 8 enrichment program co-ordinator
- This program one piece was developed as a means of enriching the curriculum for targeted Years 7 to 8 students. It has enabled these students to become involved in quality learning and enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.
- The program aims to create a different student devised project each term. The goal of each project is to enrich the participants learning and make a positive impact on the wider community.
- In Term 2 the students created a short video to promote how unique and wonderful our school is. The video was then entered into a competition against other schools called the ‘Great Schools Show Off'.
Goals is a one-on-one mentoring partnership that aims to widen the life choices of students considered to be at risk of disengaging from school and those students who would benefit from mentoring support. Whether it is the environment, circumstances or resulting attitudes that discourage the student from completing school, the mentoring program seeks to engage and encourage them to achieve a productive working and personal life.
The program broadens the experiences and understanding of students and mentors alike, and offers opportunities to meet a more extensive group of students and business people. The program endeavours to be mutually beneficial to students and mentors.
What is involved
A volunteer from a member company is matched with a high school student. Students are carefully chosen to ensure that those most likely to benefit are involved in the program. When matching mentors with students, the school and the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) consider compatibility of interests, goals, skills and experiences.
Mentoring sessions run for 90 minutes. The first meeting is held at the school, with subsequent meetings at a range of corporate venues. Each mentoring session includes:
- individual discussions between mentor and student
- joint activities with other goals participants
- group discussions, such as goal setting or building rapport
- presenting student's work or findings.
The student and mentor always meet in a group context and are accompanied by two teachers from the school, to ensure complete compliance with the child protection act.
Benefits for students
Students experience a range of benefits including:
- self-esteem and self-confidence increased
- horizons and experiences expanded
- motivation to learn improved
- achievements and aspirations raised
- personal and social skills improved.
Benefits for mentors
Mentors experience a range of benefits including:
- awareness and interest in the broader community increased
- skills and job satisfaction improved.
How to be involved at Holroyd High School
Year 9 students have the opportunity to apply for this program in Term 1. After submitting their application, students will then undertake an interview with the Goals Co-ordinator, Mrs Beynon and the Deputy Principal, Mrs Carrick. If students are successful, a permission note will be sent home and the program will commence in June.
On the days that the goals program runs, students travel by train into the Sydney. In the morning, students participate in an excursion, to places like Wildlife World or Sydney Aquarium. After the excursion, the students go to a company head quarters and meet with their mentors. During the session, they are provided with lunch and work through a series of activities based on different skills needed in the workplace.
Links To Learning program
Links To Learning is a targeted program implemented by the NSW Department of Education to improve outcomes for young people and focuses on effective transitions for at risk young people.
Links To Learning at Holroyd High School targets young people in Year 10 who need additional support to complete the school certificate. This is done through the learning support team.
Our students who access Links To Learning are provided with development and support services to assist them remain in education. Links To Learning projects deliver group and individual development and support activities in an informal and creative learning environment.
This program is run during the school day on Thursdays for the entire year with the Granville Links To Learning program. The same students will complete this program each week. Full school uniform must be worn unless notified.
Throughout this program there will be times when students will participate in activities outside of the Granville location. Students will be given further information and permission notes when this occurs.
The teacher overseeing this program is the vocational education and training (VET) transition coordinator.
For more information download the student brochure (PDF 1.3MB), parent brochure (PDF 896KB) or visit the Links To Learning website.
The refugee support program aims to support refugee and asylum seeker students with their transition into mainstream high school and post school pathways.
Refugee or humanitarian students in Years 7 to 12 who have had no or minimal schooling in their first language are supported with additional programs to foster engagement and success. Asylum seekers are also provided with targeted assistance and intense support during their schooling years at Holroyd.
Our school programs to assist refugees include:
- mentoring program with refugee support teachers
- tailored excursions to career expos, work places and tertiary education institutes
- the Welcome program is delivered to students to facilitate the transition and support them with any questions and concerns they may have
- senior tutorials are available on Thursday afternoons
- healing through drumming is delivered weekly by Evan Yako
- dedicated youth worker based at Holroyd High School once a week to provide addtional support
- links with Auburn Youth Centre, Community Migrant Resource Centre, Auburn Diversity Services, Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).
The refugee support team is comprised of five staff: Louise Kleinbergs (Head Teacher), Veronique August, Val Rubie, Corrine Mckay and Nooria Wazefadost.