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    Learning Diversity

    Since 1995, Catholic Education Melbourne has provided student support services aimed at enhancing the capacity of Catholic primary and secondary schools to assist students with additional learning needs.

    Demands for this service support have progressively increased.

    Learning Diversity staff provide direct services to students and have a major role in assisting teachers to devise and implement individual learning plans (ILP) for students within the school setting. In addition, consultancy services are provided to teachers and parents, and professional learning for school communities.

    Learning Diversity staff are located at the following five offices:

    James Goold House East Melbourne 03 9267 0228
    Eastern Regional Office Croydon 03 9724 0200
    Southern Regional Office Moorabbin East 03 9532 1922
    Northern Regional Office West Melbourne 03 9329 8800
    Western Regional Office Werribee 03 9731 3900

    Student Learning staff based at each regional office are as follows:

    Regional staff work as members of a multi-disciplinary team which includes staff at East Melbourne, as well as other regional office staff including the Regional Manager, Education Consultants, School Advisers (School Services) and School Advisers (Religious Education).

    Regional services are accessed by schools through an established referral process. Parents need to approve the direct involvement of student support service staff with their children. The referral process is common across all regional offices and utilises the expertise of staff in a multi-disciplinary, integrated model of service delivery. The service effectively utilises the skills of all regional office staff and aims to provide fair, just and equitable services to student in all Catholic schools.

    For further information contact Learning Diversity staff on
    03 9267 0228.

    Learning & Teaching

    Learning Centred Schools, A Sacred Landscape: Learning and Teaching Framework & Strategy 2009–2013 

    This is the core document that articulates and details the strategic alignment of a broad range of Catholic Education Melbourne policies and capacity building initiatives to support school improvement for achieving high standards in student learning, innovation and best practice in teaching.

    Catholic Education Melbourne seeks to support Catholic schools in their individual and collaborative efforts to ensure that every student reaches the highest standards and enjoys the best educational experience possible. Thus Catholic Education Melbourne works to challenge schools to continually focus their energy and desire for innovation on school improvement strategies that directly affect learning and student achievement.

    Services provided include: 

    • postgraduate study options including sponsorship of the Masters of Education (in approved Mathematics related subjects) at Monash University, Masters of Literacy Leadership at the University of Melbourne and Postgraduate Certificate in Literacy Leadership at the University of Melbourne
    • professional learning projects and initiatives
    • long-term projects that enable schools to undertake action research
    • support for teacher networks in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics
    • consultancy.

    Literacy Team

    The Literacy Team works to share knowledge and understandings about what improves literacy learning, what students’ literacy learning needs are and how literacy goals will be achieved. Both primary and secondary schools are able to engage in projects that support teachers to develop an evidence base for planning, decision-making and teaching so that every child develops the literacy practices that enable her/him to realise diverse life goals.

    Mathematics Team

    The Mathematics Team works in partnership with leaders and teachers from primary and secondary schools to improve the mathematical understandings and numeracy skills of all students in Catholic schools. This enables a successful transition from one stage of schooling to the next based on a well developed foundation of mathematics skills and positive attitudes to learning. This work is built on the understanding that in contemporary society, mathematics has a fundamental role in enabling cultural, social and technological advances and empowering individuals as critical citizens.

  • Ms Judy Connell

    Manager, Learning Diversity

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    Administrative Assistant 
    Mishele Allen

    Administrative Officer
    Sarai David


    Team Leader, Learning Diversity
    Catherine Henbest
    Hanya Senjov

    Education Officers
    Susan Nikakis
    Delsie Lillyst
    Frieda Lai

    Learning Consultants
    New Arrivals (Refugees)
    Jane Banks
    Rebecca Paic

    Kevin Hanasyk
    Susan Ongarato
    Monica Morton
    Gabriella Vascotto
    Patrice Wiseman

    Additional Learning SupportEnza Bunetta
    Fiona Hannagan
    Marina Juka
    Andrea McKay
    Mary-Anne Rugg
    Anne Thomas

    SORMS Project Officer
    David Whimpey

    Psychologist, Functional Behaviour Support
    Vacancy (TBA)

    Note: School Advisers, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Visiting Teachers are based in the Regional Offices.