Student Support

At Motueka South School we are proud of the consistent and proactive way we cater for students’ learning needs, through our system of Student Support. 
Our 3 learning teams; Junior, Middle and Senior are headed by Team Leaders who support and monitor the progress of student focus groups devised from ongoing assessments.  Classroom teachers plan inclusive and diverse learning programmes to address learning needs and promote learning by all students.  Teachers respond to student assessments and observations by setting and constantly reviewing and re-setting learning targets with the students.  
For most students, our targeted teaching strategy is sufficient to ensure their steady learning progress. If more support is indicated, the MSS Student Support process is followed: Teachers meet with parents to discuss any learning issues and complete a Student Support Referral form, including any concerns and goals. The individual learning needs may be for enhancement or extension. Our school-wide Student Support roll also automatically includes those students achieving at low levels through annual nationwide testing (who form the core of each class teacher’s focus groups).   
The Student Support Committee meets regularly each fortnight to review and consider teacher referrals, as well as discussing progress or concerns about students and sharing ideas and resources to support individual and groups of student learners.
The classroom teacher is responsible for planning the extra activities to support the regular classroom programme. The support is delivered either by our Teacher Aides or if specific teaching is required, by Linda Beatson. Wherever possible, support is provided alongside students in their own classroom but in some cases it may be more appropriate to withdraw students for short focused periods or to participate in specific group programmes, such as Rainbow Reading or SWiS.   
Close communication is maintained between the classroom teacher and Student Support, to ensure optimum progress towards the meeting the student’s learning goals.  We work together as a team. Each classroom has a red Student Support Communication book for this purpose, providing feed-forward and feedback between teachers and Student Support, ensuring ongoing success for students. 

Student Support Committee

Student Support Special Programmes

Coordinator and Deputy Principal: Linda Beatson
SWiS (Social Worker in Schools): Kaitlin Robinson
Learning Support ORS Teacher: Vanessa Ness (STOS teacher from Maitai School, works Tuesdays at MSS)
Resource Teacher of Literacy:  Jan MacLeod
Liaison Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour:  Kelvin Hardaker
At MSS, we are pleased to offer a range of special programmes to support our learners. Some of these initiatives are sponsored by our SWiS (Social Workers in Schools) budget.This term we have been running a 'Paw Prints' programme with two groups on Monday afternoons.

The four selected students in each group have been building self confidence, empathy adn relationship skills through taking responsibility for one of the group's wonderfully placid dogs by feeding and watering, exercising, grooming and generally showing care and affection. 

Felicity Dufty, who is a trained teacher, runs the 'Paw Prints' programme and the feedback we hear every week is very positive, the students love it! 

Another bonus for the wider school group is that Felicity arrives half an hour early, at lunchtime, so that other interested students can go into the enclosure to enjoy interacting with the gentle pets.

Social Workers in Schools

'Social Workers in Schools' is a free service supporting children and their families in the MSS school community. At Motueka South School, we share our SWiS social worker, Kaitlin Robinson, with Parklands School and Lower Moutere School (on a part-weekly basis).  Parents can self-refer to Kaitlin and other agencies can also refer.
Kaitlin works successfully through our Student Support committee to:
  • help families access community support and networks
  • provide group programmes which support children and families
  • work one-to-one with children and their families/whanau
The SWiS service is funded by Presbyterian Support to support students and families with:
  • social skills, self esteem and confidence for children
  • children’s peer relationships
  • family relationships
  • behavioural concerns
  • positive parenting
  • eliminating family violence
  • advocacy and referrals to other services
At our school, Kaitlin and the SWiS organisation help our students by funding, resourcing and/or facilitating programmes such as:
  • ‘Seasons for Growth’ for students experience upsetting grief, loss or disappointing change
  • ‘Kidpower’ and ‘Teenpower’ to support resilience
  • Social skills development programmes 
  • Positive Parenting programmes and our MSS Parents Library
  • ‘Gem of the First Water’, helping students understand interpersonal relationships, feelings and choices
  • ‘Shine Girls’ for senior girls’ self-esteem