Learning Support

Our goal is to fulfil the vision of St Marcellin Champagnat and the College's holistic Marist values, by developing the full potential of individual students through the provision of an appropriate needs-based programme in a welcoming, supportive and inclusive setting.

The Department follows the principles of Inclusiveness and the Universal Design for Learning.  This means using creative and innovative tools and strategies to find the optimum learning styles for each of our students.  We work collaboratively with teachers, parents and specialists in a spirit of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga, so that the true abilities and contributions of students with learning needs are realised.

The Learning Support Centre is located in Rooms 13 to 19 in the lower quad and any student can access its services. Some students have a long-term association with the department, which may extend through their whole time at the College. For others, the association may be for only a few hours, days or weeks. We provide the support required by students and then may gradually withdraw this assistance as independence and confidence grow.

Staff in the Learning Support Department are well qualified and have many years experience between them. Key support staff assist students to make difficult tasks manageable and the learning environment is safe and welcoming. 

We identify and support students who cannot access the curriculum because of difficulties in the following areas:

  • general learning
  • specific learning difficulty
  • students who are twice exceptional
  • speech and communication
  • high health needs
  • hearing and vision
  • behavioural

Our services include:

  • academic assessments, including LASS/LUCID/ABILITY/EXACT
  • in-classroom support for teachers and students
  • individualised assessment and tutoring for literacy skills
  • digital learning
  • provision of special exam conditions
  • individualised education planning
  • off site service co-ordination
  • small-group tutoring in English
  • study skills and time management
  • support for parents and caregivers
  • support in planning assignments and research projects
  • special assessment service (Years 7 to 13 and NCEA)


Learning Support Staff
Ms Daria Spence Head of Department 
Mrs Julia Miller  Literacy Specialist
Mrs Sarah Cronin Literacy Tutor and Learning Coach
Mrs Maria Smidt Teacher Aide
Mrs Andrea Roman Teacher Aide
Miss Nikki Silk Teacher Aide
Mrs Ann Howard Teacher Aide
Mrs Cecile Marcelo    Teacher Aide
Ms Angela McCarthy Teacher Aide and Special Assessment Conditions
Ms Angela Gamil Digital Specialist