Gal­ston Branch of Bendigo Bank

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

The Gal­ston Branch of Bendigo Bank is proud to sup­port Clarke Road School with its Cre­at­ing a Voice Project.

The over­all pur­pose of the Cre­at­ing a Voice project at Clarke Road School (CRS) is to em­power all stu­dents to com­mu­ni­cate in as many ways as pos­si­ble and build their ca­pa­bil­i­ties to con­nect and bet­ter un­der­stand the world they live in.

The Cre­at­ing a Voice project started in 2015. A core team of CRS teach­ers have been tri­al­ing The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Pass­port© by Ylana Bloom and The Hills School, NSW. The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Pass­port© in­cludes two unique and orig­i­nal as­sess­ments and nu­mer­ous other re­sources, which as­sist teach­ers to un­der­stand their stu­dents’ com­mu­ni­ca­tion and learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, thus, al­low­ing teach­ing staff to cre­ate a voice for ev­ery stu­dent and de­sign/de­liver rel­e­vant and mean­ing­ful teach­ing and learn­ing pro­grams for ALL stu­dents within their class­rooms. The tar­get learn­ers for The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Pass­port© are chil­dren and young peo­ple who have a mod­er­ate to se­vere in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity and many who have ad­di­tional dis­abil­i­ties.

The goal is to­wards calmer learn­ers, more alert chil­dren/young peo­ple who are bet­ter able to un­der­stand their world and bet­ter able to ex­press them­selves. When im­ple­mented cor­rectly within a class­room, teach­ers are achiev­ing pos­i­tive out­comes in their stu­dents’ unique and of­ten di­verse com­mu­ni­ca­tion and learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. In these class­rooms, stu­dents are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing per­son­alised learn­ing pro­grams which are de­signed and de­liv­ered to max­imise their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

In 2015 7% of chil­dren were assessed us­ing The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Pass­port©, in 2016 16% of chil­dren and in 2017 65% of chil­dren were assessed us­ing The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Pass­port©

“Bendigo Bank, Gal­ston has made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to our school. Its gen­er­ous and con­tin­ued fund­ing has al­lowed for consistent and con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion with an aca­demic part­ner, Ylana Bloom. All teach­ers at Clarke Road School have the op­por­tu­nity for in-depth men­tor­ing/coach­ing and multi-faceted pro­fes­sional learn­ing con­ver­sa­tions on The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Pass­port and other key ap­proaches. As a re­sult, is teach­ers are bet­ter able to de­sign and de­liver mean­ing­ful and rel­e­vant teach­ing and learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren/ young peo­ple with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties within their class­rooms.”

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