Teaching & Learning

Learner Diversity

At St. Mary’s, we offer learning support for children who need it. We believe that we should make our education as inclusive as possible in accordance with the catholic values of respect, equity and social justice.

What about diverse learners and students with disability?

Catholic School Broken Bay school system is proud of its comprehensive and inclusive support of diverse learners, including high potential and gifted students, as well as students with a range of other learning needs.

Various support services for students with disability are available, including:

  • Consultation support for class teachers to assist with the provision of reasonable adjustments
  • Services to support students with hearing and vision impairment
  • Leadership support to assist with the development and implementation of an inclusive school model
  • Transition planning support
Learning support is planned in liaison with parents and teacher, taking into account other professional input when appropriate. It is tailored to the individual’s needs and in conjunction with the class teacher’s programme. Students learning plans are developed and monitored with interventions planned in order for students to thrive.

Children who need an extra challenge are also given the opportunity to extend their learning. They are encouraged to partake in extracurricular activities and engage in extension work both in and out of the classroom, such as Maths Challenge, Maths Olympia and Public Speaking.


Catholic Schools Broken Bay Vision of Learner Diversity

The Eileen O’Connor School (EOS) will provide quality Catholic education for students with a disability from Kindergarten to Year 12. Collaborating in the Mission, focusing on human flourishing, using Christ’s example to serve, we believe that every child is a unique individual created by God and valued as an individual learner with strengths, gifts, and talents.

EOS will provide a flexible and responsive model of education for students with disability through the structure of a Base School and a network of Support Classes in local parish schools. Transition between the Base School and Support Classes, or Support Classes and local parish school enrolment is facilitated.

Catholic Schools Broken Bay currently has Eileen O’Connor Support Classes for students with a disability at St Martin’s Catholic School at Davidson, as well as at St Brendan’s Catholic School at Lake Munmorah. A third site on the North Shore, located at Prouille Catholic Primary School, Wahroonga will commence in 2024.


Families interested in seeking enrolment in an Eileen O’Connor Support Class, please complete the CSBB Enquiry Form and select your Local Catholic Parish school in the drop-down menu.

Families wishing to register an expression of interest in the Eileen O’Connor Base School are encouraged to do so via this link.