In-School Secondary Mentoring Case Studies

In-School Secondary Mentoring Case Studies

Catholic Intensive English Project

“Great links to bringing Religious Education lessons alive and providing the students with a deeper understanding.” - Teacher

A recent addition to the range of Diverse Learning programs that CaSPA delivers is the Catholic Intensive English Project which focuses on students who are new to Sydney Catholic Schools and starting their education in the system with very little or no spoken English.   

The aim of this program is to enhance English literacy skills through Drama. The workshop content encourages students to learn language by physically interpreting sounds and meanings, to explore English through movement, play and characterisation, and to also be the in-class support for their peers who are all at different stages of their learning.  

Drama encourages students to experiment safely with alternative identities and enables students to see themselves differently. It assists students to take risks with language that they might otherwise feel too self-conscious to attempt. The workshops engender a sense of common purpose and are suitable for all year levels.  

All Archdiocesan Catholic Intensive English Centres are involved in the program - Holy Spirit College Lakemba, Patrician Brothers' College Fairfield and Mary MacKillop Catholic College Wakeley - and the goal is to have the CIEC schools join together for performance opportunities in the near future.   

HSC Support

"...It is a great platform that gives students resources and an escape that they couldn’t possibly find elsewhere.” - Teacher

Throughout the year CaSPA provides support for teachers and their students preparing for HSC written and practical examinations in Dance, Drama and Music. 

CaSPA's HSC support programs are aligned to syllabus content and outcomes and designed to complement school-based learning. They include In-School Mentoring - a series of workshops tailored to individual class needs, Skillbuilding Workshops - which provide an opportunity for students to work with specialist tutors and their peers from across the Archdiocese on core and elective components and the HSC Recital series which nurtures exceptional talent.    

All HSC support programs encourage students to actively engage in their learning and to achieve their best within their chosen specialty.

Schools that have benefited from HSC Support include Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, where drama students in the dedicated 'Viva' performing arts class have engaged in mentoring for written assessments and individual performance technique. And senior music students at Freeman Catholic College and Marist Catholic College Penshurst have received personalised learning support in the specialised area of music composition.

 Music Support 

 The expertise of CaSPA's Music Adviser, James Long, is complementing the dedicated work of SCS Music teachers across the Archdiocese and enriching the cultural fabric of our SCS schools through music composition. 

Requests have been received from a number of our Secondary schools this year to support students in the core and elective composition components of the HSC Music syllabus (Music 1 & Music 2) where James is tasked with mentoring & monitoring student progress throughout the composition process from developing an idea to production of the final score. 

Along the journey, students work within a variety of musical genres and acquire a range of skills in music technology.