Ave Maria College Helene Library is a vibrant hub of information, learning, reading and social interactions within the College community. The Library is committed to fostering and developing information literacy skills essential for life-long learning. Helene Library staff provide a friendly, supportive and resource rich environment for student learning.
The Helene Library webpage, accessed via AveSpace, gives students a range of resources to assist them in their studies, such as subject specific databases and newspaper indexes. The catalogue allows students to search for print and e-books, and reserve or renew books online.
Extended opening hours during the school term as well as most school holiday times are now available.
Monday – Thursday: 8.00am – 5.00 pm
(Wednesday Day 8 Closed from 2.34pm)
Friday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Learning Enhancement Team (LET)
Our Learning Enhancement Team provides personalised support for all students across the school by assisting students and teachers in making adjustments to learning to enable students the best possible opportunity for continued success.Services offered by the team include identification and assessment of student learning needs including diagnostic assessments, designing evidence based interventions, assistance to subject teachers in the development of personalised, differentiated and or enhanced curriculum, assistance with teaching practices, student classroom support and obtaining specific resources to cater for individual or cohort needs.LET collect and analyse data in order to action and plan for direct, explicit and differentiated delivery of curriculum as per the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) guidelines. To ensure that the curriculum is accessible to everyone, individual learning needs are monitored and reviewed in collaboration with the all stakeholders.
On a daily basis the LET provide guidance and advocacy to students in and out of classrooms, continually supporting the Ave Maria College Learner Attributes by valuing diversity in our student community. This is done by building knowledge, developing skills and applying these to our students’ world.
At Ave Maria College all students are encouraged to see themselves as life-long learners. To build on these experiences and better cater for our highly able students, the Horizons Program provides challenging educational experiences to stimulate critical and creative thinking whilst providing opportunities to develop skills in collaboration.
Our Learner Attributes- Compassionate and Respectful; Creative and Critical Thinkers; Innovative and Independent; Determined and Resilient; Happy and Confident; and Courageous and Curious – are central to the thinking behind all activities and strategies implemented by the Horizons Program.
In the foundation years, the Horizons Program will begin with a targeted approach for students in years 7-10, recognising that there are other opportunities for VCE students within the scope of their learning program for academic extension.
Students who are identified as highly able will be provided with extension activities and experiences that are designed to test their problem solving and critical thinking skills with reading, writing and numeracy.
Absolute Maximum – Mathematics Help
Absolute Maximums is available to all Year 7 to 12 students each Thursday at lunchtime. Maths teachers are in attendance to support students with their home study, preparing for assessment tasks, to explain a concept they are unsure about or to assist students to catch up with work missed. Students are encouraged to use their time to also reflect upon their progress in Maths, to work independently as well as collaboratively with other students in attendance. This program enables students the ability to gain in confidence in their skills practice as well as take time in these sessions to attempt more challenging and extended problems. Absolute Maximums is not a tutoring session or an “extra” Maths class but individualised assistance for students.
An absolute maximum is the highest point on a graph. For many students attending, Absolute Maximums allows them to move towards their personal absolute maximum and can sometimes be a turning point in their mathematical understanding.
Year 12 English Club
The Year 12 English teachers offer students a regular time to meet every Thursday from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. One of the team will be available to speak and work with students for intensive skill development and support. This is on offer for all students of English. There is no need to book ahead and there is no need to worry which teacher will be present as we are all experts on the texts and tasks.