ISSLANDS (Intervention Strategies and Support for Literacy and Numeracy Difficulties in Schools)
With the introduction of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment as a prerequisite to secondary school graduation in WA, literacy and numeracy intervention and support programs are becoming increasingly popular. The challenge is to identify specific strategies which will improve literacy and numeracy with a diverse student cohort, across a range of primary and secondary school settings. The ISSLANDS program was developed in response to these concerns.
ISSLANDS is comprised of a three-tiered approach to intervention which is structured around small group, mainstream class and staff professional development. Specific diagnostic testing and explicit teaching form part of the intervention model designed to improve outcomes for students falling just below the benchmark in their NAPLAN scores.
EALD (English as an Additional Language or Dialect) Services
CVC is responsive to the needs of EALD students through the appointment of a specialist EALD coordinator, qualified EALD teachers and Education Assistants. Students at academic risk are supported with a modified curriculum and intensive language instruction to develop the language skills required to achieve secondary school success.
2016 saw the introduction of the CVC Robotics Club. The group of Year 7 & 8 students meet at lunch time every Tuesdays and Friday. They have been receiving training and support from the Curtin Engineering and Robotics Program and in late 2016 won the Robot Performance Award for the most consistent programming, at the Curtin University Robotics Competition, FIRST Lego League. The robotics club is aimed at engaging students in a variety of STEM activities as well as participating in core values and project based presentations.
90 Plus Club
The 90 Plus Club is a part of Canning Vale College’s dedication to prepare your child for both the school and WACE examinations and maximise their academic achievement. It also forms part of Canning Vale College’s commitment to provide excellence in educational opportunities for students. The program provides one on one mentoring to students who are predicted to reach an ATAR of 90 or above, as well as access to additional study sessions run outside of normal school hours with external providers and externally run academic programs.
Bush Rangers Cadets Program
The aim of the Cadets WA program is to provide an opportunity, particularly within the secondary school system, for young people to participate in interesting and challenging structured training that provides practical life skills, develops leadership, teamwork and initiative skills as well as fostering qualities of community responsibility and service.
Bush Rangers Cadets get involved with conservation projects, go on camps, and perform first aid within the natural environment. They also learn bush survival techniques, about the role of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, as well as how to conduct and present nature conservation research.