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Mount Alvernia College

Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition

Student Support

Mount Alvernia College

Student Enrichment and Advancement

The staff of the Student Enrichment and Advancement Centre organises and runs assistance programs for students at all levels. This includes enrichment programs as well as assistance for students with learning difficulties. The Centre has as its focus the development of innovative ways of supporting all students in the College, with a particular focus on meeting the needs of targeted groups of students including students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait backgrounds, students with identified disabilities, students needing literacy and numeracy support and development, and students requiring accelerated programmes.


Tutoring is provided by a number of subject departments on both a regular and ‘as-needed’ basis. The tutoring is generally conducted at lunch-times or after school. Individual after-school tutoring may be arranged on a pay-for-service basis.

Senior Study and Francis & Clare Study

The iCentre is open from 4:00–6:00pm Monday to Thursday for girls in Years 11 and 12 for study purposes. Francis and Clare Study is held Tuesday to Thursday afternoons from 3:30–4:30pm for interested students in Years 7–10.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

At Mount Alvernia College, ESL assistance is provided for students whose first language was not English and whose proficiency with written academic English means they require support to access the mainstream curriculum. The ESL support teacher is also a classroom teacher and therefore familiar with the College and in regular contact with subject teachers. She works with students and teachers in the classroom, especially in Francis and Clare Schools, but also with individuals and small groups from Elizabeth Hayes School in scheduled tutorial times and after school. There are generally between 30 and 40 students with a language background in addition to English who are receiving support or being monitored each year.