Month: February 2016

ATSI at Wirreanda Secondary School

Marni Naa Pudni Wirreanda Pepa Wardli – Welcome back to Wirreanda Secondary School!

With the start of a New year we would like to introduce ourselves as The ATSI team and the services we provide:

Antony Yates is the Aboriginal Education Teacher. He specialises in improving students school results, including year 11 and 12 SACE subjects. Antony’s focus will be on improving literacy and numeracy support and outcomes as well as overseeing the tutoring program and Naplan preparation. He is a Koori man and is particularly involved with the Kaurna community.

Azra Rochester is the Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer (ASETO). She specialises in supporting your child holistically, with identity, culture, well-being, and providing intensive support to help them succeed. Azra will work with help to improve or maintain your child’s attendance as well as supporting transition student will undertake before high school and after high school with links such as further education, employment, traineeships and apprenticeships. Azra is an Ngarrindjeri woman from Murray Bridge who is studying to become a History and English teacher.

Debbie Johnson is an Ngarrindjeri woman from who has been working with Wirreanda students over the last few months also as an  (ASETO). She has worked for nearly fifteen years in Education and has extensive experience in Aboriginal Education and Mentoring.

Lee Thulborn has worked extensively with Wirreanda Students in the capacity of a tutor and has developed great relationships with the students and has helped improve results of ATSI students since 2013.

Beki and Danni are our devoted volunteers, who selflessly support our students in various ways whilst studying to become teachers themselves.

How we Can Help

In the Nunga room at Wirreanda Secondary School we aim to support Aboriginal students in a holistic way, and there are a number of services we provide to help your child succeed at High school. These include:

  • Lesson and Classroom support – a tutor can help with students’ school work
  • Tutoring – intensive support is provided for student’s Maths and English skills
  • Cultural Activities – we aim to teach language, art and culture through classroom sessions, workshops at Recess and lunch, and other programs
  • Scholarships – on behalf of our students we apply for scholarships and support
  • Community Activities – linking students with other young ATSI people from other schools, community groups and also Elders
  • Sports Carnivals – carnivals such as the Nunga Tag (Tag rugby), and the Andrew McLeod football challenge that teach teamwork and the importance of community, are used to reward students
  • Excursions – we have numerous excursions throughout the year to locations ranging from Reconciliation SA School Congress, Adelaide Markets and Parliament house
  • Career pathways – we help students follow any career they are interested in. This could include going to University, getting into an apprenticeship, and also linking students with training organisations and getting jobs
  • Attendance support – we work non-stop to remove any barriers making it hard for student to attend school. We can support students and parents in a number of ways
  • Linking with support people and organisations – if you want any help with issues outside of school, we can link you up with someone who will know just what to do

And so much more – just let us know how we can best support your child!

If you have any questions, or anything we can help with, please feel free to contact us on 8329 7200. You can also email Mr Yates on: or

Azra on


Inclusive Learning at Wirreanda

2016 is an exciting year for new challenges at Wirreanda Secondary School. It’s even more exciting to have a new Intervention team to help deliver Inclusive Learning Support for the year!

The Intervention Team

Alison Buse is the Inclusive Learning Coordinator, responsible for managing Intervention Programs at Wirreanda and the needs of all students with a Negotiated Education Plan. With a background in a variety of subject areas (including English, Art and Music), she also provides creative literacy support in the Tute Room.

Dorothy Pretsell and Sue-Ellen Shepherdson are our new Literacy Class teachers, leading the first Literacy class at Wirreanda. Dorothy has an extensive teaching background in English, Literacy and HASS, and Sue-Ellen is  our Dance and Drama teacher extraordinaire! By using students’ individual interests and needs,their focus is to support students with developing their key literacy understandings and skills.

Becky Milne is the Literacy and EALD teacher. As the school’s brand new Spanish and English teacher, Becky will work with students who use English as an Additional Dialect, and support general literacy development.

Julia Nicholson is our Numeracy Support teacher. Julia will run the new Quicksmart Numeracy program and provide math tutoring to years 8-10 in the Tute Room.

Our senior support team is lucky enough to include Year Level Leaders Zoe Le Clercq and Sol Naidu for Year 11 and Year 12 study support respectively! Zoe will support year 11s through the Tute Room and in their classes. Until the Senior Study Space is complete, students can find Sol Naidu in the Learning Hub support Year 12 students to achieve their best.

Our Intervention Team would be nothing without our support staff! Lorraine Hooper is continuing her expertise in Multi-Lit Support, and June Chmielewski will be rotating through several classes and year levels to provide in-class literacy support.

What’s happening in 2016

Our focus for this year is supporting all students with their own new and old challenges in their learning. We have a variety of programs available in school to support students in achieving their best.

 The Tute Room is a quiet study space that students can be booked in to receive 1-1 or small group tutoring. Through the Tute Room we offer a number of Intervention Support programs such as:

  • Literacy Class – A year 8 alternative to the Spanish elective for those students who wish to develop their literacy and language skills.
  • General Literacy and Task Tutoring – here, classroom teachers request a number of lessons for students to receive help understanding the literacy demands of assigned class work, and develop specific literacy skills.
  • Numeracy Support – This incorporates the Quicksmart Numeracy program and general math tutoring.

We also provide Senior Support on Year 11 Study Lines. Until the Until the Senior Study Space is complete, students can receive support from Zoe Le Clercq and Sol Naidu on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.

This year, we are super excited to announce that the Smith Family will be running a Homework Club in conjunction with Wirreanda Intervention Support. Homework club will run Wednesday afternoons, 3:15 – 4:30 from Week 5, Term 1. For a registration pack or more information, please contact Alison Buse.


Alison Buse

Inclusive Learning Coordinator

Wirreanda Secondary School

08 8329 7200