Learning support

There are several staff involved in Learning Support across the school: Michelle Hemmingsen is the Learning Support Co-ordinator and Literacy teacher with Year 9 and 10 classes, and Joe Gallagher is the Mathematics support teacher. Tania Hawes supports Gifted and Talented students. Lorna Biddington is Acting Head of ESOL. Our teacher aides Mary Russell, Nikki Stocks, Marty Bolger and Andrea Andrews also support students and classes across the school.

If you are concerned about your child, or feel s/he needs more support, please contact your child’s Dean, email HN@riccarton.school.nz , or call us on: 348 5073, extension 844.

Learning Support Information

If you have information and/or reports concerning your child, please send direct to the Learning Support Co-coordinator, so that all staff can be informed of learning needs, and work to support your child as effectively as possible. Michelle Hemmingsen, the Learning Support Co-ordinator, (HN@riccarton.school.nz , or phone 348 5073, extension 844) is happy to meet parents to discuss student needs, and outline our systems and possible available supports.

Student Learning Support

Any students who need support with difficult subjects or topics, who need to catch up work missed through absence, or who need support with assessment tasks, should first discuss their concerns with their subject teacher or Dean. They could also see Michelle Hemmingsen, leave a note at the Learning Support area, or e-mail or call into the Learning Support area to see one of the staff.

Computer and study rooms are available in the library after school until 4:00pm.

In the senior school, tutorials offer the opportunity to complete work, with support and assistance where available.

What support is available

  • Literacy tuition with teachers and/or tutors.
  • Mathematics support.
  • ESOL programmes and support.
  • Gifted and talented programmes and support.
  • Alternative courses and programmes.
  • Timetabled tutorial support.
  • Learning tutor support (in class and individual).
  • Transition support.
  • RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour) or other targeted assistance when needed.
  • Special Assessment Conditions (SACs)
  • Any students who qualify, or may qualify, for assessment assistance (such as extra time or Reader/Writer, or use of a computer) must have up-to-date (within 3 years) assessments to support your need for assistance. Senior students needing SAC for assessments should have trialled this support in the junior school, and applications for this year’s NCEA have already been completed. Junior students will be screened for SAC support during the year. If you wish to start this process for your child, or to discuss this process, please contact Ms Rendall.

Information has been given to teachers for all current SAC students, and Michelle Hemmingsen will meet with senior SAC students regularly in tutorial time this term.

We would welcome any volunteers who are able to support students needing Special Assessment conditions by acting as reader/writers or supervisors during assessments. These can occur at any time or day of the week.

Please e-mail HN@riccarton.school.nz or call on: 348 5073, ext.844. if you would like to volunteer.