Not all students work at the same pace and in the same way. We value this diversity and promote a culture of inclusion both in and out the classroom.

Although all students work from the same broad curriculum, some will complete different activities on the same topic to develop and consolidate their understanding. All teaching and learning takes place within the mainstream classroom.

A small number of students at St Brigid’s receive funding from the Federal Government to assist them in reaching their full academic potential. Teachers, students and parents work in partnership to ensure that this goal is realised.

St Brigid’s believes in the principle that all students should learn together wherever possible.  We recognise that the needs of our students are diverse and we attempt to accommodate different learning styles, rates of learning and learning abilities. The school leadership team actively promotes the use of differentiated and adjusted teaching as a strategy for ensuring that every student is engaged and learning successfully. It is recognised throughout the school that some students require significant adjustments to their learning programmes if they are to be optimally engaged and challenged and individual plans known as adjustment plans have been developed for those students requiring them.  As a school we want all students in our classes to access the curriculum in order to learn.

St. Brigid’s Learning Support Team is made up of teachers who have post-graduate qualifications in a variety of fields of Special Education.  We work with individual students and small groups in learning spaces across all KLAs.

Once a student’s needs are identified, the Learning Support Team in consultation with the classroom teachers and outside professionals, where appropriate, ensure that the student is provided with appropriate support structures. All students who have an acknowledged disability as well as those who have a diagnosed learning difficulty or difference have an Adjustment Plan in place to meet their individual learning needs.  Additionally, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is created as a legal document to assist the learning support team to create an appropriate Adjustment Plan (AP) for each student.  The Learning Support Team can assist teachers with the development of learning strategies and differentiation of tasks and assessments to ensure that students’ various levels of need are catered for in their learning.  Students with both acknowledged and imputed disabilities receive additional support in the learning space from the Learning Support Team.  Provisions are offered during exams and assessments for students who meet the NESA guidelines for Disability Provisions.

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



Catholic Schools Broken Bay Vision of Learner Diversity

Eileen O’Connor School 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.

Eileen O’Connor School (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.