School Advisory Council
St. Mary's School Advisory Council brings together, in a spirit of co-operation, the Parish Priest, Principal, representatives of parents, teachers and parish so that responsible informed advice can be given to the Parish Priest and Principal regarding the decision making process of the school.
It is principally a policy making and consultative body who represent the parent body concerns and needs for the future.
The School Advisory Council functions are to:
i. assist with the preservation and promotion of the school’s Catholic ethos and
ii. provide the opportunity for members of the school and parish communities to support the mission of Catholic Education in the school.
iii. assist in the development of policies and procedures to support the school and ensure
compliance with CEO policy requirements.
iv. be mindful that the Parish Priest, as pastor and administrator of the faith community, retains the right to make the final decision on policy
recommendations made by the Council.
v. be mindful of the role of the Principal and staff and their associated professional and legal responsibilities in regard to implementation of policy.
vi. The School Council has responsibility to provide advice in areas such as:
• Curriculum offerings
• Educational policies for the school, eg reporting,
• Student welfare policies, eg pastoral care, discipline, sun safe
• Parent support processes
• Other matters as requested by the Parish Priest or Principal.
For those students who are deemed as needing extra time and support with their literacy development, the MiniLit program is offered during Grade 1 &2. Research has shown MiniLit to be the a most effective small group acceleration program for early intervention in literacy. The MiniLit program is offered to students selected under a strict set of criteria, through a 60 minute lesson with a MiniLit trained teacher, four or five days a week.
MultiLit is a reading tutor program for students in Grades 2 – 6. It can be a one on one program or a small group program taken by a trained MultiLit teacher.
MacqLit is a reading intervention program aimed at students in Grade 3 and above. The program is designed to teach children appropriate strategies for reading and spelling. It is delivered by a trained MacqLit teacher, five day a week.
ERIK (Early Reading Intervention Knowledge)
ERIK is a reading intervention program designed for students in Grades 1 – 4. Students are taken onto the program after an assessment profile has been completed. This profile determines the strategic intervention pathway of the group of 2 – 3 students. Daily, forty-five minute ERIK sessions are conducted by an ERIK trained Integration Aide and teacher.