St Columba

St Columba College


Inclusive Education

Dear Parents,

At the College we tap into evidence based strategies to help students regulate their emotions and behaviours. The Incredible ‘5 Point Scale’, '5 Could Make you Lose Control’ and ‘The Way to A’ are just amongst a few tools that have been introduced to the children.

Incredible 5 Point Scale
The Incredible 5 Point Scale is a simple tool that can be used to teach self-regulation. It was originally designed by Kari Dunn Buron for children on the Autism spectrum, but since then has been used for a wide range of children and adults. Educators and parents alike can use the scale to help the individual link how they feel with actions, to reduce their levels of stress, anger, anxiety, voice volume and more.

The Way to A
Some children become confused by our world of rules and consequences, including how their behaviour affects another person or situation. The result can present in angry or aggressive behaviour. ‘The Way to A’, designed for children aged 3 to 9 years old, presents a simple, logical and systematic strategy that clarifies and sequentially teaches the child how to manage his/her behaviour by engaging in forethought and self-analysis before acting out. What sets this strategy apart is that it then goes on to give the child a personal and concrete incentive to use the alternative behaviour.

Invitation to a Parent Forum
Tuesday, 16 May
10:00am - 12 noon, Middle School

You are invited to attend a  Parent Forum at the College. The purpose of the gathering is to meet other parents, discuss topics of interest and ask questions related to Inclusive Education. At this meeting parents and caregivers (connected family members and friends) also have the opportunity to view the self-regulation tools we use and meet our new Autism SA consultant, Lee Anne Swan.

We would appreciate your attendance and hope you will take this opportunity to meet other members of the community. Morning tea provided.

Positive Partnerships - Free Two Day Workshop for Parents and Caregivers
What will you gain by attending this workshop?

  • An increased understanding of the impact of autism
  • Further knowledge about how to develop effective partnerships with your school
  • Information to help you access further support both inside and outside of school
  • An opportunity to be part of a support network where you can share strategies and experiences with other parents/carers
  • An understanding of a planning tool that can be used to share key information related to your child

Venue: Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club, 51 Barnet Road, Evanston SA 5116
When: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 June 2017
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm (Registration from 8:45 am)
Catering: Morning tea and lunch is provided. Please advise any dietary requirements upon registration.
Register Online: Registrations close one business day prior to the workshop.
Further Information: Call the Positive Partnerships Infoline 1300 881 971 or email

Mrs Mary Woznitza Director of Inclusive Education