Clontarf Aboriginal College

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Literacy Development

Clontarf embeds a whole school literacy program to support and enrich student skills in Literacy.  Our core emphasis is the Direct Instruction Program that provides all our students a strong foundation in literacy regardless of their reading age. This program complements the Cars & Stars program which has the focus on comprehension skills and strategies. Both programs are a balanced approach that assist our students to continue to develop their Literacy skills.  In Years 11-12 Literacy is embedded into the VET learning area so that students are using their skills in a constructive way and it enables them to successfully complete related written work with the assistance of their teachers.

MultiLit (Making up For Lost Time in Literacy) is used as a one on one tutoring program which helps our students who require extra ongoing support in improving their literacy skills. This tutoring is provided through our long-standing partnership with Notre Dame University and their education students under the supervision of the Literacy Coordinator.

The Curtin Volunteers AIME Program takes place every week in select junior literacy classrooms.  These wonderful volunteers assist our students with an individualised focus on reading comprehension strategies using the Fast Forward Series.

Finally, through the partnership with Notre Dame University, Clontarf also has a Year 10 Literacy Project known to our students as ‘My Journey’. This twelve week program provides our students with a forum to share, collate and write their story with 3rd Year Education students from Notre Dame. The final product of this journey is a published book of the student’s journey thus far and into the future.

Literacy at Clontarf continues to flourish!

Maria Valli, Literacy Co-ordinator.

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