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. 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 programmes, such as Reading Recovery, one-on-one Counselling or support from our Social Worker in Schools (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

Coordinator Principal: Michael Harrison
Social Worker in Schools (SWiS): Julie Woodley
Learning Support Coordinator: Mark Stephens
Resource Teacher of Literacy (RT:Lit):  Jan MacLeod
Liaison Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB):  Kelvin Hardaker

Student Support Special Programmes

At MSS, we are pleased to offer a range of special programmes to support our learners, e.g., 
  • SWiS (Social Worker in Schools) budget assist with specific programmes for identified students;
  • URF (Urgent Response Fund) has provided funding for a Counsellor to work with identified students

Social Workers in Schools

'Social Workers in Schools' (SWiS) is a free service supporting children and their families within the MSS school community. At Motueka South School, we share our SWiS social worker, Julie Woodley, with Parklands School and Lower Moutere School (on a part-weekly basis).  Parents can self-refer to Julie and other agencies can also refer.
Julie 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, Julie 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