Students and teachers at Mastery Schools Australia Springfield Central were decked out in red last month to raise awareness for people living with dyslexia
Principal Sharyn Angel said a red paper aeroplane throwing competition was held to celebrate and support Code REaD Dyslexia Network’s campaign ‘Light It Red’ – running during the Dyslexia awareness month of October.
Ms Angel said more than half of the students at Mastery Schools Australia have dyslexia.
“Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that makes it challenging for people to process language,” Ms Angel said.
“About 1 in 10 people have dyslexia. People with dyslexia find it difficult to ‘decode’ letters and words.”
She said dyslexic people do not have any difficulty with speaking and listening to words, but they experienced problems making sense of reading individual words.
Ms Angel said Mastery Schools Australia has very proudly joined the Greater Springfield community this year. Enrolments at the school had significantly increased this year, with one teacher and five assistant teachers per class giving students targeted support.
“We opened with 27 students at the start of the year and now have 100 students and a further waitlist of more than 150 students,” she said.
“We use targeted programs daily to teach students to decode. All students are placement tested before enrolment and we teach from their point of readiness, rather than their year level.”
Ms Angel said Mastery School Australia was welcomed by other schools in the Springfield Learning Coalition, ensuring every student in the community had their needs met.
“We formed some amazing partnerships this year with neighbouring businesses and organisations such as University of Southern Queensland, Studio of Performing Arts and CrossFit Heart to name just a few.”
If you want to learn more about MSA and how they can help your child with their academic journey, visit msa.qld.edu.au.