Literacy is a whole school priority
at St Monica’s College. The Literacy Faculty supports the development of
students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills across all subject
areas. At Year 7, up to eight students per homeroom take part in a structured
program, the Middle Years Literacy Intervention Program, instead of English.
This program supports both reading and writing through intensive scaffolding of
texts for students just below the benchmarks in these areas. The course follows
the Standard English curriculum, but can also use key texts from other
disciplines such as science and history.
In 2016, a Year 8 Middle Years
Literacy Intervention pilot program will be initiated to give ongoing support to
students just below the benchmark in either reading or writing. Specialist
Literacy teachers regularly attend ASH (After School Homework program) to work
with students with low literacy skills.
The literacy focus continues in
later years where literacy support is integrated across the curriculum as part
of the College’s whole school approach to literacy. Working with the literacy
teachers, all faculties develop specific resources, such as models of good
writing, to support the development of literacy competency, including an
understanding of and the ability to use the academic language required for
The Literacy Faculty has particular responsibility for
EAL (English as an Additional Language) students, New Arrivals, Indigenous and
Refugee background students. EAL students at Years 7 to 9 can elect to attend
timetabled EAL classes instead of LOTE. In addition, support is offered on a 1:1
basis where appropriate. In Years 10-12, EAL students are timetabled into the
same English classes where possible and receive small group and 1:1 support.
Cultural activities to strengthen the links between school and community are an
important part of our program.