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The Communications Program offers the necessary support to students who require assistance to adequately manage their academic studies and school life.
Years 7 and 8
Students with educational needs are identified and invited to join the Communications Program. This course provides assistance to students by revising and reinforcing basic skills required in other subjects such as organization, comprehension, research and writing. The Communications teacher also liaises with teachers in other subjects to offer specific help. Communications takes the place of a language subject in both Year 7 and 8.
Years 9 and 10
The Communications Program continues in Year 9 and takes the place of one elective subject. Staff are asked to nominate students who they feel could benefit from being part of a smaller elective group where work is designed to support students' learning across the curriculum. Following staff nominations, each student's special educational needs are considered carefully and, after consultation with parents, approximately 12 students are invited to choose Communications as one of their three elective subjects in Year 9. Students may join Communications in Year 9 or Year 10 as vacancies occur or particular student needs are identified.
While each term's work in Communications has a particular focus, a great deal of time is spent teaching skills which are required in other subjects. The aim of the course is to support students' learning in Years 9 and 10 and to provide better foundations for students to manage their study in Years 11 and 12.