"All students regardless of race, age or gender by virtue of their dignity of human persons, have a right to an education that is suited to their particular needs and adapted to their ability."
Declaration of Christian Education, Pope Paul V
St Francis Xavier’s College is committed to excellence in Learning Support, offering discrete HSC Stage 6 Life Courses as well as Case Management for mainstream students with a disability, including those with diagnosed mental health concerns and anxiety. ESL, Literacy & Numeracy Support also comes under the umbrella of Learning Support.
The MacKillop Centre was established in 2010 as a dedicated centre where students can engage in a HSC program of study that is not only appropriate to their specific needs, but also enables them to gain a recognized HSC credential. With a HSC credential that describes what students are able to do, a post school pathway can be developed suited specifically to their needs.
Staff engage students with a disability in a structured transition program from their Year 10 school through school visits and the establishment of an Individual Learning Program. Each student with a disability is automatically entitled to Case Management, which provides them with a support person who will develop a relationship with the student and their teachers.
Disability Provisions for the Preliminary and HSC year are also managed by the Learning Support Staff under the rules of the NSW Board of Studies.
The MacKillop Centre is staffed by specialist learning support teachers with Mrs Melissa Chellis leading the unit in the position of Learning Support Coordinator.
For further information regarding HSC Life Skills Syllabuses see the NSW Board of Studies Teaching & Education Standards at http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/