English for Speakers of Other Languages
Warkworth School has several children from a diverse range of language and ethnic backgrounds who receive support for learning English. We have an experienced teacher and Learning Assistants, who work with students in the school who have English as a second language. This is additional to the work done by the regular teachers in the communities.
The children and their families bring a richness and diversity to our school that is celebrated. The children of Kiribati and Tuvaluan background make up one significant group and many belong to a successful school based cultural group.
Perceptual Motor Programme
All the Community 1 children participate in PMP - The Perceptual Motor Programme - as part of their Physical Education programme but it is much more than that.
Children need to have a variety of skills if they are to cope in specific subject areas. We give the children a wide range of experiences in seeing, hearing, touching, making perceptual judgments and reacting.
PMP aims to develop the child's perceptions and their understanding of themselves and their world through movement and teaches them the language to express themselves.
At every equipment session there are Locomotion, Balance, Fitness and Eye/Hand-Eye/Foot Co-ordination activities.
A community teacher takes each session, but parent support is needed to get the best out of the programme.
Transition to School
New entrants are introduced to Warkworth School through a series of school visits before officially starting school. These visits allow pre-schoolers to become familiar with school routines in a carefully nurtured and supported manner. Once enrolled, new entrant students begin in a Community where the number of children is kept low. This ensures your child has as much contact with their teacher as possible in small group situations to enable successful and satisfying learning.
Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
Mrs Bronwyn Johnson-Thoms is the primary RTLB for the Mahurangi area. If she is working with your child you will be informed before this happens.
Ministry of Education Group Special Education Service
The Ministry of Education School Psychologist is specifically trained in the diagnosis of children’s difficulties. Referrals may be made to them by SENCO or the LSC to assist school and family should this be considered necessary.
Hearing and Vision Checks
Teachers or parents may request that a child’s hearing or vision be examined by the District Health Board Hearing & Vision technicians. These technicians visit the school at least once a year to check all New Entrants and those referred by teachers or parents.
Waitemata District Health Board Child and Family Services
The Waitemata DHB is a free community based primary health service providing support to children, young people and their families through a multidisciplinary health team. Further information can be found on their website: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/paediatrics/waitemata-dhb-child-family-services/