Gifted & Talented and Supported Learning

Our Gifted and Talented Program as well as our Learning Support Team aims to provide support for children, their teachers and parents, in striving to achieve their best in all areas of development .

Blue Sky Program

Leanne Eisman (Masters in Education (Gifted and Talented) (UNSW) coordinates the curriculum for The Blue Sky Program from Years K-6.

For students that are natural out of the square thinkers and who thrive through accelerated learning, this environment nurtures their natural ability and enhances their learning.

Learning Support Services

Mount Sinai's Learning Support team aims to provide support for children, their teachers and parents, in striving to achieve their best in all areas of development – emotional, social and academic. Integral to each child’s development is the teacher’s ability to work with a child holistically - directly and indirectly, with parents, all relevant teachers and ‘in house’ and out of school therapists.

Understanding children in light of their needs and requirements, strengths and weaknesses, interests, dreams and ambitions provides the elements of a successful education that is supportive in terms of developing a sound knowledge of fundamental English and mathematics skills as well as broadening horizons for the future.

The Learning Support Team offers:

  • Reading Plus

  • Specialised spelling program

  • Reading Corner

  • Thinking Kids (social skills)

  • Academic support

  • Counselling support

  • Speech therapy and occupational therapy

The Feuerstein Program

The Feuerstein Program at Mount Sinai College is focused on helping learners to process information more effectively.  The various "instruments" used require students to use particular cognitive functions, allowing them to develop thinking techniques that not only enhance information processing skills but enable them to function as independent learners.  The program focuses on how children learn, rather than what they learn.

 

The Program currently caters to students with:

  • Cognitive challenges

  • Expressive and receptive language difficulties

  • Impulsivity (ADHD)

Led by accredited Feuerstein Mediator Helen Meyer, outcomes lead to changes in learning ability and positive behaviours including:

  • Enhanced concentration and decision-making skills

  • Increased confidence in the ability to achieve potential

  • Improved problem solving skills and flexible thinking in the classroom

  • Improved ability to plan and organise which significantly impacts learning outcomes across a wide range of subject areas.

The origins and history of the Feuerstein Method can be found here.