Student services and support programs


Student support

At Norman Park State School, the ‘Individual Student Needs Committee’ under the direction of the Principal, are responsible for managing the development and implementation of policies and strategic initiatives related to child safety, students with disabilities, student inclusion and learning support. This committee meets each Friday morning with school support staff and Guidance Officer to discuss progress and development of students’ identified by class teachers or parents.

Students with disabilities

Students who have been identified as having a disability are supported by Support teachers, Classroom teachers, teacher aides and Advisory Visiting teachers to deliver programs to students with verified disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, Vision Impairment, Physical Impairment, and Hearing Impairment. Some students may have require an adjusted program.  An adjusted program is the same as the mainstream program but with adjustments that allow more equitable access to the mainstream teaching and assessment. All processes and plans are completed in consultation with parents. 

Intervention programs

We provide support for a small number of students who require extra support with their learning. Intervention programs are created to meet the learning needs of the students. These programs are implemented frequently and with explicit instruction by teacher aides, to develop mastery of basic concepts such as reading and sight words.

Advancing student learning

Gifted and talented students may require enrichment and extension opportunities to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding on a topic. Many students at Norman Park SS achieve high results in their classroom and NAPLAN reports, not all students are classified as ‘gifted and talented’ but many are known as high performing. It is through the teaching and learning of the classroom that extension opportunities are available for students to excel. There are many external opportunities for high performing students to be extended, for example Science Masterclasses at Balmoral State High School, STEM Challenge Competition, and Mathematics Tournaments.

Health and wellbeing

The well-being of our students is paramount. At Norman Park SS, we pride ourselves on teaching our students to learn strategies to help themselves.  As a PBL (Positive Behaviour for Learning) School we have a strong focus on students helping other students through a Peer Support program (Year 1- 6), and developing resilience with lessons from the ‘Bounce Back’ program (Prep- Year 6) which is enhanced with school-developed videos shown each week that clearly identify and resolve issues.

Advisory visiting teachers

Access to these services begins at the Norman Park State School Individual Students Needs meeting through a referral process but often have other processes that also need to be followed.

Guidance Officer

Access to the Guidance Officer is through the individual students needs meeting through a referral process.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Therapy is provided to a small group of students identified with high level speech and language needs.

School chaplain

Within our school our chaplain helps students to engage in social development activities and can provided one-on-one support with written parental permission.

Last reviewed 27 February 2020
Last updated 27 February 2020