Learning Support

Our learning program provides access for
all levels of ability


Consistent with the belief that everyone has potential, Calvin Christian School provides clear pathway programs for those who wish to pursue academic, creative and practical learning outcomes.

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Individualised Education Program

At Calvin, we are committed to supporting all students in achieving educational outcomes that are appropriate to their needs and ability. 

Our learning support team works with parents, teachers, and external specialists to identify and address the educational needs of all students. This may require the development of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or Learner Profile (LP) and extra support both inside and outside the classroom.

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Enrichment & Extension

Gifted and talented students at our Primary Campus benefit from various enrichment or extension opportunities. These programs and activities allow students to: 

  • Work with others of similar abilities

  • Work at a faster pace

  • Be challenged through higher order thinking skills

  • Develop and refine skills relevant to the curriculum and the changing world.

  • Many of the activities students participate in are based around critical, creative and flexible thinking. 

Pastoral Care

Sometimes we need a shoulder to cry on, and at other times we need a cheer squad.


Regularly we need encouragement and wise counsel. At Calvin we take the time to genuinely care for our students. We know that parents want their children to receive the very best support as they learn. 

Effective pastoral care deals with the life of a person, not just the performance of a student. Because life is more than study, Calvin students learn life skills such as self-discipline, resilience, leadership, forgiveness, repentance, kindness and conflict resolution.

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Secondary – Heads of Years

In the Secondary School, the Heads of Year are the key pastoral figures. The Head of Year follows a child from Year 7 to when they graduate in Year 12. This maximises the connection between parent, school and child. The Head of Year is responsible for all matters relating directly to their year level, the overall welfare of each student, and for promoting a positive culture.  A list of Heads of Years can be found here.

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Primary – Class Teacher

In the Primary School the classroom teacher is the central caring figure. All matters of care and learning are naturally part of the daily life of this teacher. The Head of Primary oversees this dimension of our program, and provides support to staff and students alike.


Pastoral Care Staff

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School Counsellor

Julia Willoughby
jwilloughby@calvin.tas.edu.au

Our qualified counsellor works alongside teachers and parents to provide insight and understanding into challenging situations that arise. We also work with external bodies, where necessary, to enable the best outcomes for our students.

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Head of Students

Stelle Carmichael
scarmichael@calvin.tas.edu.au

The Head of Students is responsible for the management of all student well-being in the Secondary School. The Head of Students works with both the Heads of Year and the Secondary School Deputy Principal.

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Careers Counsellor

Alison Whiteley
awhiteley@calvin.tas.edu.au

Our careers pathway planner is available to assist and advise students with choosing a pathway beyond school and introducing them to the world of work.