The placement of a child in a particular classroom is the decision of the school. As a child-centred school, all children’s needs will be met, whether they are in a single year level or combination classroom.
The following criteria are used to determine who is placed in each classroom:
- Heterogeneous Grouping: We try to assure classrooms have a mix of ability levels and ethnicity of students. In addition, we try to get a nearly equal ratio of boys and girls.
- Social Factors: On occasion, there are times when it is best for two children to be separated for social reasons.
- Special Considerations: Certain children may have special learning or social needs which can best be met by a specific teaching style.
- English as a Second Language: students funded for ESOL will be placed in a class where their needs will best be met. Where possible, ESOL students will not exceed 15% of the class total student numbers.
Jane Scotland (Deputy Principal with responsibility of the junior students) arranges new enrolments.
New Entrant teachers arrange visits for New Entrant pupils.
The school will accept suggestions from parents regarding the placement of their child. Such requests should focus on the specific learning needs of the child, not a preference of one teacher over another. The school will pay close attention to these requests but may not always grant the request. In general, we view enrolment of students in specific classrooms as a global concern for the school. Classroom placement, therefore, is necessarily the school’s decision.