English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

San Clemente is proudly a very multicultural school. Our richness is drawn from over 50 cultures including Tongan, Chinese, Dutch, Fijian, Pakistani, Philippines, Samoan, French, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Korean, Macedonian, Indian, Sudanese, Senegalese, Liberian, Ugandan, Burundian, Iranian, Japanese, Polish, Tibetan and Vietnamese. At present, about 20% of our school population is from a non English speaking background.

Esl1The EALD room in the Feldt Learning Centre is staffed by both Learning Support Assistants and teachers. We can, therefore support students both in the mainstream classes and in a one-to-one capacity in the Feldt Learning Centre (EALD). The staff members are timetabled to either be in classes or in the FLC wherever the EALD students’ needs are best met.

As well as catering to the educational needs of the EALD students San Clemente has links with outside and community agencies including Startts, Careerlinks, Newcastle University, Northern Settlement Services and the NSW Police and Mentor Support Network.

All students who are from a Language Other Than English (LOTE) background can be assisted through the support of the Feldt Learning Centre - EALD Department, which is an integral part of the Learning Support Centre of San Clemente.

Our EALD teacher and Learning Support Assistants are here to provide support for assessments, assignments and day to day support within the school and out of school as needed. We work with the larger Learning Support team to provide help and assistance towards making the school experience for EALD students a holistic and inclusive one.