Topic outline

  • General


    • Overview of Learning Support

      Learning Support services are administered by the Learning Support Department. Mrs Rachael Martin is the Head of Department. We are here to support students' learning, behaviour and ability to work successfully at school. We look forward to working with you! If you have any questions you would like to ask, please contact: Phone: 232-8184 ex (847) Email:

      • ICT Support

        Every Wednesday 8.30am to 9.30am the Learning Support Services Department offers ICT support in the F Block computer suite.

        This includes setting up folders, Excel, Word, printing off work and any other queries or questions students may have.

        Lexia programmes are also available for use in the F Block computer suite during form times and Wednesday mornings from 8.30am to 9.30am. See the Lexia tab for more information about these.

        We encourage students who struggle with reading and writing to use laptops. Laptops help to remove barriers to writing and are used for recording work and demonstrating academic knowledge. Students who have been granted computer use as a specialist assessment condition (SAC) can use their laptops for assessments in both the junior school and in the senior school at NCEA level.

        • Lexia Programmes

          Lexia Cross Trainer

          This computer programme improves critical thinking skills. It reinforces visual tracking, inductive reasoning, spatial orientation, patterning, mental rotations, deductive reasoning, sequencing of information and developing visual memory. 

          Click here to the Lexia Cross Trainer Website

          Lexia Strategies for Older Students (SOS)

          This computer programme assists with development of spelling, short letter sounds, short & long vowels, advanced word attack strategies and structural analysis.

          • Orientation From Year 8 to Year 9

            Where to go signpost

            At the end of Year 8 students are invited to Tawa College to participate in an orientation programme which addresses the expectations of College and how to find your way around.

            We actively participate in activities around the school which engage students in where to find classrooms, lockers, personnel, Deans and school activities i.e. Physical Education

            Orientation CD

            The Learning Support Department has developed a visual CD which describes in detail the differing aspects of College life and essential information required when entering into College.

            Orientation Booklet

            There is also an Orientation Booklet which describes timetabling, teacher codes, room numbers, uniform, activities and other essential useful information that students may require before entering into College.


            • Literacy Strategies

              The Learning Support Department has developed a programme which assists students with developing Literacy Strategies, spelling and addressing any issues with reading and writing. This programme aims to support students by assisting them with;

              • Developing literacy skills
              • English, as for some students this is a second language
              • Additional support with reading and writing skills
              • Reinforcing aspects of English which in turn helps the students in their other classes

              This is a targeted programme which uses evidence based assessment to inform teaching and learning practices. Areas of strength and improvement are identified, shared and proactively worked upon together in order to support the students development.

              • Social Clubs

                Breakfast Club

                The Breakfast club is available every Wednesday, term time only, from 8.30am to 9.30am in the Senior Common Room. Year 9 to Year 13 students have a chance to chat, catch up with homework and academic work. They can talk about adjusting to College life and have an opportunity to build relationships with other students, also join in activities occurring at the school. Students are also offered breakfast at this time.

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                Lunch /Friendship/Creative Club

                In F Block on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday lunch time we have a classroom available for games, being creative, making cards. It can also be a time to share experiences about college life, create new friendships, even do some homework and socialise whilst eating lunch together.

                Lunch Club

                • Educational Psychologists

                  As a result of testing, or concerns from parents or teachers, students are sometimes referred to an educational psychologist. An educational psychologist's assessment determines whether or not a student has a specific learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia or dysgraphia. They can make recommendations about special assessment conditions (SAC), such as a reader/writer, laptop or extra time. NZQA dictate that students must use SAC in the junior school to be eligible to use this assistance for NCEA assessments. They can also provide helpful information about the a students learning profile and strategies for supporting their learning at home and in the classroom. The cost of a report by an educational psychologist can vary greatly depending on who you see, but starts at $350. There are two options for payment: either you pay the psychologist, or the school can pay on your behalf and set up a repayment system for you with the school.
                  • Equine/Canine Therapy Programmes

                  • LASS Testing Program