Inclusive Education has a major focus on literacy and numeracy. Children are selected for placement in the program based on data from standardised test results including PAT testing, Early Years Screening (Prep to Year 2), speech screening, NAPLAN and teacher nomination. Two experienced teachers facilitate intervention programs including: MiniLIT, MultiLIT, Fitzroy Reading, fine motor development, Support-A-Talker and other support programs tailored to student needs.
Teachers are supported in class by school officers and specialist coaches provide additional support to teachers and small student groups.
St Joseph's aims to cater for the needs of all students and all classes extend and enrich their students by providing a diverse range of activities and experiences through quality differentiation.
In 2018 we aim to provide quality enrichment for all students with the introduction of STEAMO (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Outdoors) in Years 1 to 6. More information about this initiative will be available in Term 1, 2018.
Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to participate in the yearly OptiMINDS challenge and Year 6 students are invited to participate in the Quest for Knowledge competition conducted by Townsville Catholic Education.
ICAS testing is also offered for students who wish to participate in the range of external assessments. An entry fee applies.
TOSWD (Teacher of Students with Disabilities)
The TOSWD works collaboratively with the members of the school community, and other outside agencies, as required, for the benefit of students. Generally this occurs in three key areas consultancy, student support and professional practice.
In primary school educational psychology services are delivered to clusters of schools. The guidance counsellor delivers direct services to schools providing consultancy on behaviour management, psycho-educational assessment, counselling and preventative initiatives.