School Learning Support

Learning Support Team - Here you will find their names and a way to contact the team
EDEN & Chill Room - Here you will find out the advantage this room can offer you

Learning Support

What is the Learning Support Team?
The Learning Support Team (LST) aims to support all students in reaching their full potential. This includes students who have barriers to their learning and those who are Gifted and Talented. A key feature of the Learning Support Team is the facilitation of collaborative planning between teachers, support staff, parents and students. This service is delivered in a range of ways from 1:1 tuition, small group work, and can include participation in Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up or extension programs.

School Based Programs

  • Resilience and Groupwork Skills (all)
  • DRUMBEAT (Holyoake) program Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts.

Students learn basic techniques for the Djembe Drum while developing interpersonal skills and building relationships.

Gifted and Talented

  • Future Problem Solving Pprogram (
  • A range of extension activities to suit the needs and interests of the child

Learning Support Team

  • Learning Support Coordinator: Rosalie McDonald
  • Educational Psychologist: Dana Sallese M.A.P.S. (Consults weekly) l Other External Consultants (Coopted as required)
  • College Social Workers: Lynda Beaven - Senior Social Worker l Donna Jordan - Social Worker l Kiona Fitzpatrick - School Nurse
  • Teacher Aides: Cheryl Sheehan l Nick Sallese l Lisa Robertson l Karen Beattie
  • Teachers: Nona Roberts - Key Learning Skills Program l Bridget Leary - Gifted & Talented Coordinator
  • Aboriginal Support: Margaret Shearer
  • Deputy Principal of Learning and Teaching: Gavin Hicks

College Counselling Service
As part of the Pastoral Care Team counsellors work with students, families, staff and the broader community to provide a professional holistic counselling and support service.
Services include:

  • Individual and family counselling
  • Community and medical referrals to various agencies to assist and support the student
  • Community education and proactive intervention
  • Emotional and psycho/social assessment
  • College liaison, support and provisional advice
  • Case Management
  • Group work
  • Mediation
  • Transition support
  • Home/hospital visits

What SBSC can offer you!

  • Evaluation of students
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programs for students with learning difficulties
  • Assist teachers in supporting students with a diverse range of learning needs
  • Assist with referrals to outside agencies
  • Liaise with teachers to monitor student progress
  • Assist in transition to the workplace
  • Explore assistive technology options that would be suitable for individual student needs

Contact Details
For more information or referral to a member of the LST, please contact:
Rosalie McDonald
Learning Support Coordinator
03 6424 7622

Click here to download the Learning Support Flyer as a PDF

Chill & EDEN Room

The Chill Room
The Chill Room has been set aside to give students who need some time out a place to go that is a safe and welcoming. It has comfortable seating, a couch, bean bags and cosy chairs. There are also therapeutic weighted blankets (and a bear) that offer for many a calming effect. An aroma dispenser with a selection of scents is available.

Some students like to sit quietly and others can engage in activities that promote self-regulating emotions, including reading material, that educates and promotes positive well-being and adult art. Mindful sensory kits are available which contain activities for self-regulation that utilise all the senses along with a range of board games.

Students use the room for a variety of reasons. Some need some personal space to have some down time. Use of the chill room can be part of an individual learning plan where access to a quiet space is part of their self-management strategy.

This room is available at recess and lunch for those who have a CHILL PASS. Passes can be provided by members of the College Pastoral Care Team.

The EDEN Room
EDEN is a classroom which is utilised for targeted instruction and group-work. The concept of the EDEN (Education Enhancement) room arose from the need to support the number of students needing significant accommodations and assistance to reach their full potential. The room is inclusive for all students from those with specific learning issues to gifted and talented.
The room setup is not that of the traditional classroom but is geared towards 1:1 and small group work, with study cubicles, whiteboard desks, ergonomic seating, couches and a range of items that cater or a multi-sensory approach and for students who are more kinaesthetic in their learning style. The room is staffed by a teacher, and teacher aides. The room is used for a range of purposes including:

  • KLS teaching (Key Learning Skills - a course that focuses on daily life skills and is available for students in consultation with the Learning Support Team
  • A place where students can work quietly on material supplied by their teacher
  • After school tutorials
  • Lunchtime activities
  • A place where some students can sit tests (e.g. those who need additional time or can have a range of options which might include having the test read to them etc)
  • Groupwork - small groups of students can be sent to work on a common task
  • 1:1 programs such as Catch-Up Literacy and Numeracy, Reading Repairer
  • Extension groups

Some classes like the KLS and literacy and numeracy programs are scheduled into the room. Students may attend the room at the request of a teacher. Some students "self-refer" when they feel they would lke some extra assistance with a task.