Specialist teaching and support
Specialists within our school
School Special Needs Coordinator and Committee
Island Bay School has an expert Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Andrea Bailey, who leads and oversees the school’s provision of support for children with special needs. The SENCO leads the Special Needs committee, which meets every fortnight and deals with resourcing, support and referrals for children with special needs. Teachers refer children to the committee who then coordinate and plan for support. Should you be concerned about your child’s learning or behaviour then talk to your child’s class teacher and ask whether it is appropriate to refer your child to the special needs committee.
In 2015 Andrea was the recipient of a Teach NZ Study Award enabling her to undertake research exploring Classroom Strategies for Dyslexia at Island Bay School. Scroll down on the Documents and Resources page to read her report.
Twice a term, classes spend an Art learning day with Gretchen or Carrie, our specialist art teachers, while classroom teachers have their allocated classroom release time. The Art Room is housed in the old dental clinic by the Clyde Street entrance to the school.
Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour, and Resource Teacher of Literacy
A Resource Teacher of Literacy and Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour are available to assist teachers and children. With parents’ consent, The Special Needs Coordinator will make contact on behalf of teachers and parents.
Physical Education Specialists
Each year, as a part of the Physical Education curriculum, different PE programmes are run during the school day for classes, such as Small Sticks hockey, Volleyball, Football, etc. Information about these in-class programmes is communicated on the school website and through the school newsletter.
The allocated art day for each class is displayed in the Art Day Roster here.