Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
Improving student learning outcomes is the core of everything we do with literacy and numeracy improvement a real focus for all students. As a support Valley View participates in the Learning Assistance Program (LAP), a volunteer based program which was developed in 1976. It was established to provide individual support and care for students of all ages with varied learning and personal needs, through the positive participation of mentors.
The LAP assists schools to:
• Develop positive relationships between students/mentors in a safe, one-to-one environment
• Increase the self-esteem and confidence of students of all ages and year levels
• Support the successful learning of students
• Promote, encourage and value parent and community commitment and participation
• Create a genuine sense of community within the school
Our volunteers work with our students on a 1 to 1 basis for a single lesson. We are very excited to continue our work with the LAP and look forward to seeing the relationship grow between the LAP volunteers, staff and our students.
At Valley View Secondary School, Aboriginal Education is our core business. We value the rich and diverse cultural contexts and experiences our Aboriginal students bring as centrally important to enriching the overall social and educational fabric of our school. Our experienced Aboriginal Education Team together with all leaders, teachers and support staff at Valley View work tirelessly to ensure that each Aboriginal student is given the best educational experience possible. This is achieved through specifically tailored Individual Learning Plans that are flexible and student centred, have high expectations at their core and are built on a strong foundation of relationships and family involvement. Managed directly by the AET, each plan is designed to meet the needs of each individual student as they move towards successfully completing secondary school and assist them in accessing a range of post school options whether it be in further education and training or into the workforce. Since 2014, every Aboriginal student who has left Valley View at the end of Year 12 has successfully achieved the South Australian Certificate of Education and has gone on to further education or work.
There are seven key areas that the Aboriginal Education Team specifically focus on to ensure the holistic and contextual needs of each Aboriginal student is met. They are;
* Attendance, Engagement & Wellbeing
* Literacy and Numeracy
* Support in SACE & Australian Curriculum with a focus on high achievement
* Quality Teaching Practice and Cultural Competency for all staff
* Parent Voice and Engagement
* Early intervention and support in transitioning from Primary to Secondary School
* Pathways to Post School Options
A number of support programs are available to assist our students. Our school has an Aboriginal Learning Room situated in the library where our students can get one on one learning support. All of our Year 10, 11 and 12 students are given dedicated time each week with an experienced and resourceful tutor to assist them with existing work with a specific focus around literacy and numeracy. The Year 8 & 9 students are allotted a time where they receive intensive literacy and numeracy support. Valley View also has a laptop to buy scheme where all students in Years 8-11 will be afforded a laptop to assist them with their studies. This is heavily subsidised to reduce the costs to parents.
Aboriginal students who have lived in South Australia for five years and whose parents access the School Card scheme are also eligible for the Marni Waendi Bulta Wiltja Scholarship. This is a fund to help families with educational related costs like books and stationary, excursions and uniform. We also have a strong partnership with the Workabout Centre and the school’s district Apprenticeship Broker to assist our Aboriginal students transition from school and to access available post-school options.
The educational programs of our Aboriginal students are managed by an experienced AET who has worked with Aboriginal students for 15 years with 11 of them being here at Valley View. The AET works closely with our highly effective Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer (ASETO) who has worked closely at the school for the past 9 years to ensure our parents and local Aboriginal community are centrally involved with a strong voice in the education of their children.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
Valley View Secondary School supports students from non-English speaking backgrounds through 1:1 case management from a teacher.
The English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) program helps us to provide an effective pathway for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are learning English as an additional language/dialect. The program contributes to the delivery of a culturally inclusive approach by our school to support its multicultural cohort.