Catholic Education plays an essential role in the Church’s mission to live the challenge of the Gospel and to be welcoming and inclusive of all.
It recognizes and actively promotes equity irrespective of cultural, linguistic or socio-economic backgrounds, gender and location, and calls all in our communities to be identified more fully with the living spirit of Christ.
The belief that each person is created in the image of God leads us to respect the dignity and value of all. Therefore Catholic Education is challenged to provide opportunities that enable each person to grow to “full stature in Christ” (Eph 4:13).
Inclusive practice reflects these beliefs and is integral to the ethos of a Catholic school. Inclusive practice is not restricted to a particular group of learners or pedagogy but refers to all in our school community. This ensures that maximum quality learning opportunities are accessible to all learners.
Catholic schools actively and systematically promote inclusive practice by:
- identifying and removing barriers to inclusiveness in policies, structures and attitudes
- providing a curriculum that strives to educate the whole person and meet the needs of each individual
- assisting all learners to continually learn and grow
- assisting each learner to become a life-long learner
- recognizing and celebrating a broad range of achievements and efforts
- offering a flexible, safe, enjoyable, and challenging learning environment
- promoting a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of learners.
Once an enrolment application has been submitted the school seeks to gather student information to ensure the student’s enrolment is a positive and meaningful educational experience. The Principal, in consultation with parents and stakeholders, will identify specific needs and the reasonable adjustments required for the student to access the curriculum and the school environment without creating unjustifiable hardship for any party.
Catholic Education, Diocese of Rockhampton, employs Inclusive Curriculum Regional Coordinators who work in consultation with schools to support the Principals, Learning Support Teachers, teachers and families in our Primary and Secondary schools to identify needs and promote classroom strategies to develop appropriate and equitable access to the curriculum for students with special needs.
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