To provide for the physical, social and emotional needs of all students, MDCS seeks to develop the following characteristics:
- Tolerance – We encourage all students to respect the person, property and opinions of others and to be sensitive to physical and/or cultural differences.
- Friendliness – We encourage friendliness and harmony within the school community.
- Courtesy – We encourage students to be courteous to others and to develop mutual respect throughout the school community.
- Confidence – We encourage students to have confidence in themselves along with a well-adjusted self-respect.
- Responsibility – We encourage a sense of reliability, self-discipline and the ability to accept responsibility for one’s own actions.
- Forgiveness – We encourage students to seek reconciliation where relationship is strained of broken. We recognise the need to forgive, just as God has forgiven us.
Students with Learning Needs
At MDCS we recognize that children progress in their learning at different rates and exhibit varied strengths and weaknesses. This means that their educational needs will vary. The school endeavours to meet these various needs within the confines of available resources. Some of the ways that MDCS caters for students who need additional support, whether learning or socially, include the following:
- Reading Recovery – Where students require support with acquiring literacy skills, one-on-one sessions can be provided with a trained specialist.
- Classroom Support – MDCS employs Teacher Aides who can provide targeted support to particular students within the classroom environment. Government funding is provided only for eligible students, and it should be noted that for Independent schools there is generally less funding available than in the Public school system.
- Equipping Teachers – Teachers attend in-services and professional development seminars regarding support for children with additional needs so that they are equipped with awareness and strategies they can employ in the classroom.
- Friendship Place – A lunchtime play room, supervised by parent volunteers, is provided most lunchtimes as a safe and comfortable place for children to participate in activities and make friends.
- ‘Parents Supporting Parents’ Group – Especially for parents of children with learning difficulties or special needs, this group meets several times a term to exchange parenting insights and information, encouragement and support.
With funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program, MDCS employs a Chaplain for 2 days per week. Through this role, Mr Ed Eadon provides pastoral care to students, and support and information to staff. Pastoral care takes various forms including classroom involvement, programs targeting issues such as resilience, small group work and one-on-one support. There is also a library of resources available for parents to borrow.
If parents believe their child may benefit from meeting with the Chaplain, they are invited to discuss this first with their child’s teacher, who can then follow up with arranging support.