Learning
Support

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

Bethlehem College aims to develop students socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually alongside the academic development that is offered in the content of the New Zealand Curriculum.


Our goal is for all students to have the opportunity to experience: 

  • An inclusive educational environment
  • A range of academic and practical subjects that support the learning stages for each student
  • Flexibility in the design of their learning programmes


Supporting Student Success

During the enrolment process, parents are encouraged to share ainformation about their child’s learning and development. Ongoing communication is encouraged while attending Bethlehem College. It is important that we work together to clarify and decide what matters to support every student towards success. Knowing that every student is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ Ps 139:14, we aim to provide flexibility to support every child’s uniqueness.


Bethlehem College is able to access a variety of services including but not limited to:

  • Ministry of Education Speech Language Therapy
  • Ministry of Education Behaviour Support Services
  • Ministry of Education On-going Resource Scheme Teams
  • Ministry of Education Occupational Therapy
  • Blind and Low Vision Education New Zealand (BLENNZ)
  • Resource Teacher and Advisors for the Deaf
  • Northern Health School
  • Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
  • Resource Teacher of Literacy
  • Local NGO Support Services


NZQA Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)

Assistance for examinations and assessments is available from Years 9-13 for students who qualify under national guidelines. Students in Year 11-13 can apply for Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) when undertaking NCEA assessments. Contact the Secondary SENCO for more information. NZQA website

 The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is responsible for coordinating specialist services for students. This involves working closely with parents, staff, and other agencies.

Your contact for Year 1 - 6 SENCO: Mrs Miriama Smith

Your contact for Year 7-13 SENCO Mrs Lisa Higgins – Head of Learning Support college-wide