Hampton Park Secondary College (HPSC) utilises every opportunity to assist students in reaching their full potential.
At HPSC, we have a well-established long standing EAL program. We have standalone EAL classes from Years 7 to 12 which are small and are taught by teachers experienced in teaching students from diverse backgrounds. We also provide targeted support for students coming in from the Language schools — the NPELS Transition Program. This program assists newly arrived students to Australia in transitioning smoothly to the college. NPELS transition study EAL together for their first Semester at HPSC and are supported by the Transition Program Co-ordinator to find their way in mainstream schooling and in the broader community.
Hampton Park Secondary College is committed to working in partnership with our local community, to provide inspiring opportunities for our young people to develop their connection to our college and society. As a proudly multicultural school we celebrate a variety of cultural events such as Lunar New Year, Waitangi Day, NAIDOC week, National Sorry Day, Diwali, Refugee week, Eid, Harmony Day, ANZAC Day and many more.
Being part of a diverse community, support is offered to help families with language assistance. We use an agency called Language Loop, that assist with all interpreting needs. Services offered include over the phone interpreting and face to face interpreting. Interpreters are utilised during the enrolment process, student led conferences, course counselling, course confirmation and information sessions, enabling families to become connected to support their child’s education.
‘The Cultural Diversity Coordinator works with the NPELS students and their families, promoting equality and cohesion, through showcasing and celebrating the cultural diversity recognised in our learning community. We empower our newly arrived and culturally diverse students to find their voice. Information sessions and workshops are run for families for them to find out about school life, information and events supporting their transition into school, for students to flourish to enable them to reach for their potential.
New arrival students who have recently arrived in Australia, can feel supported with transitioning from English Language Schools to a mainstream setting, by being part of a tailored program. The ‘EAL Transition Program’ supports students to settle in, assisting them to further develop their English Language skills, to access their learning and build connection to the school and wider community. The Cultural Diversity Co-ordinator provides classroom support to students who are participating in the program and is readily available to cater to the student’s educational needs.