St Kieran's Catholic School
Mount Isa

(07) 4744 9000

Learning Support

Learning Enrichment (Rainbow Room)


The strategic Directions of the Townsville Catholic Education Office are a pathway that guides the educational, social and spiritual decision making in Catholic Schools.  Our responsibility is to provide school communities centered on Gospel Values.

Learning Enrichment is made real for us through the strategic directions below;

  • Strategic Direction 4:
    Know and educate each student with a sustained commitment and effort to nurture and support their diverse capabilities and personal challenges, identifying and responding to each person’s unique gifts and talents.
  • Strategic Direction 6:
    Develop and support ongoing formation of teachers to enhance their capacity to respond to the vocation of teaching and to ministry in Catholic schools.(Statement of Strategic Directions, 2007-2011)

The Learning framework developed by Townsville Catholic Education Office provides the direction for all who work with children in our schools.  At the heart of our response to the vocation of education are the following principles.

  • Each child is given the opportunity to become an effective learner.
  • Each school has the capacity to interpret and implement the curriculum.
  • Each child engages in the curriculum supported by a framework of meaning based on the religious traditions of the Catholic Church.
  • The Principal is the curriculum leader in the school.

(Learning Framework, 2006-08)

What is Learning Enrichment? 

Every student is unique and vary in their individual needs and abilities. Learning Enrichment is a program which provides literacy and numeracy support predominantly, for students with learning needs including those requiring extension or remediation.  It is also inclusive of those students whose access to the class curriculum is limited or adversely affected due to short term or persistent issues/problems in one or more areas of literacy and/ or numeracy.

Basic Principles of Learning Enrichment practice

  • The class teacher is responsible at school level, first and foremost, for meeting the needs of all students in the class.The support of students with special needs in the school is a whole school responsibility.
  • Learning enrichment personnel are deployed in the school to help class teachers to discharge their responsibility to all students by providing specific support in regard to the delivery of programs for students with special needs (Including IEP planning and delivery).
  • The planning and evaluation of programs and the appropriate curriculum differentiation for students with special needs is developed and monitored in collaborative partnerships by all the team members associated with the student’s learning.
  • The development of school policy and guidelines for provision for all students with special needs is the responsibility of the Principal in consultation with others. In some schools the Principal delegates this responsibility to a School Special Needs Learning Enrichment Committee.
  • The school Learning Enrichment policy and guidelines are based on individual school needs and are aligned with Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO)policy, guidelines and requirements.
  • ׄ   Parents are consulted and involved as key contributors to the support and planning process on behalf of their children.

The Learning Enrichment Teacher is an essential member of the school teaching and learning team. The role of the Learning Enrichment Teacher is to, where appropriate, assist classroom teachers to develop and effectively implement education programs for students identified with learning difficulties or extension needs. Depending on the size of the school the position will either be working individually with administration support or as a member of a learning enrichment team.

The Procedures

There are five phases for student referral and support management.

  1. Initial identification by: Class Teacher after consultation with parent.  Meet with LET (Learning Enrichment Teacher) by starting the data collection and observation phase or monitored by the Class Teacher at this point of time.
  2. Data Collection Phase:  Class Teacher and/or Learning Enrichment Teacher observe and collect some additional data – NAPLAN results, Previous and current school reports, class tests, work samples, standardized tests, observations, professional discussions with parents/carers, previous teachers regarding history of learning support, Results of hearing and vision tests (In past 12 months), Specialist Reports: Speech and Language, guidance counsellor, occupational therapist and/or central auditory processing testing.
  3. Learning Enrichment and Classroom Teacher meet and decide on Intervention plan for student:
    - Completion of recommended intervention form with parent permission
    - Student supported through the Learning Enrichment Program (Rainbow Room) or with School Officer in the classroom
    - Additional resources to use within the classroom to support the students
    - Discussion of a range of strategies to assist the students’ learning
    - Develop an Individual Learning Plan or Individual Education Plan (Students with disabilities) if required
    - Support teachers to modify and adjust class work and assessment tasks
  4. Program Development Phase: Intervention commences and a time frame is considered when progress will be reviewed and length of time that interventions will be in place.  Eg. One term – ½ per week.
  5. Review Phase: Review progress of student and decide on appropriate next strategy for student – Learning Enrichment or Classroom Teacher informs parents at the conclusion of program on students’ achievements and further strategies.

Professional Development for staff is provided by Catholic Education Office each term.  This is supplemented by attendance at workshops and or in-service sessions when appropriate. Information is provided to Good Shepherd Catholic College upon request but does not happen on a regular basis.


Principal: Mrs Claudine Dank 

Short Street
Mount Isa Qld 4825

P: (07) 4744 9000
F: (07) 4743 5925

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