The Learning Diversity Team

The Learning Diversity Team at Notre Dame College provides a range of supports for students with learning needs. These needs may stem from a specific learning diagnosis, social/emotional impacts, sensory or physical conditions.

All Learning Diversity students have an Individual Learning Plan which includes information for teachers regarding reasonable adjustments that may be required in the classroom for students to achieve positive outcomes. These adjustments are reviewed regularly and are discussed with the student and their family at the Program Support Group Meeting.

Learning Support Officers (LSO) can provide in class support when required as well as small group and individual support in accordance with teacher direction.

Some other supports the college offers in Learning Diversity are:

  • Individual learning plans
  • In class support where required
  • Support with organisation and planning
  • Supervised access to the Learning Diversity Centre, (Year 7 & 8) during recess and lunch times for activities and games
  • Small group withdrawal
  • Individual withdrawal
  • Parent Support Group meetings
  • Study Club

Rosie and Poppy our Wellbeing Dogs

Evidence suggests that just being near a dog when we are stressed can reduce anxiety, and Rosie is testament to this as she has a calming influence on students and staff. Rosie has been part of our Notre Dame College Community since 2022, spending a lot of her time with the junior students and in the Learning Diversity classroom.

Due to the positive results we have seen with Rosie, we have now added another Wellbeing Dog to our team. Poppy will spend most of her time with the senior students in classrooms and she will go to Emmaus regularly to be a support to the Year 9 students.


The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year.

The NCCD is a collection that counts:

  • the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability
  • the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.

Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability.

The information collected by the NCCD helps teachers, principals, education authorities and governments to better support students with disability at school.

For further information regarding Learning Diversity, please contact Leah Cordedda, Director of Learning Diversity Ph: 5822 8400.