Student Life

 

Student Services

Student Services Managers Mrs Belinda Burt & Mrs Liz Bailey
Head of Year 7 Ms Sarah Bentley
Head of Year 8 Ms Amanda Barnes
Head of Year 9 Mr Beau Martin
Head of Year 10 Mrs Liz Bailey
Head of Year 11 Mrs Denise Piper
Head of Year 12 Mr Stephen Thomson
Education Support Coordinator Mrs Lynn De Giosa
Learning Support Coordinator Mrs Kellie Noakes
School Psychologist Mr Stephen Galbraith
School Nurse Mrs Alison Spence
AIEO Mrs Selina Gerrand
Chaplain Ms Amelia McIntosh

Heads of Year

The Heads of Year work as members of the Student Services Team under the direction of the Manager of Student Services and College Administration to assist students.

Head of Year Role:

  • Distribute relevant information through Home Room, Year Assemblies and special group meetings.
  • Monitor student performance with regard to academic achievement, school dress, social development, behaviour and punctuality.
  • Organise Year group, whole of school competitions, camps, educational visits and special programmes as directed by the Manager of Student Services.
  • Assume a proactive role in managing the Attendance & Behaviour data via SEQTA.
  • Assist in monitoring the school values and adopt strategies for improvement.
  • Facilitate new student enrolment and school orientation.
  • Provide student progress reports to staff or parents as requested.
  • Liaise with parents and families regarding the general pastoral care of a student.
  • Assist students with special needs through Student Services.
  • Coordinate reward excursions & events.

Student Services Manager

The Student Services Manager is the head of the Student Services Team and assists in the development of sound emotional, physical, social and psychological health, focusing on early intervention to assist students in need by establishing effective collaboration between students, staff, parents and external agencies to best support student academic achievement and wellbeing.

What are the health services in secondary school? 

  • Access to health services for students, to address a range of health issues as mentioned above;
  • Support for teachers to provide health education in the classroom, e.g. sexual health;
  • Facilitation of (health-related) professional development for teachers, e.g. asthma or anaphylaxis;
  • Student health and well-being programs, e.g. stress management, sexual health and relationship;
  • Support for school health promotion initiatives such as anti-smoking or mental health programs;
  • Assistance for school staff and parents to develop health care plans for students with special needs (e.g. chronic disease; physical disability or other complex health conditions);
  • Assistance for school to establish systems to deal with injury and illness in the school community.
  • First aid for medical emergencies, if available. (Schools must have first aid plans which are independent of the Community Health Nurse, as they are often not on site).

Support Staff

Psychologist:

The psychologist service provides the following:

  • Social, emotional, educational and behavioural counselling for students.
  • Educational and psychological assessment of students.
  • Teacher and Parent counselling as directed by Administration.
  • Liaison with outside agencies.
  • In consultation with Administration, act as resource person within the school.

Nurse:

Who are the community health nurses? 
School Health Services are delivered in all public secondary schools and colleges across Western Australia by Community Health Nurses, who are employed by WA Country Health Services or Child and Adolescent Health Service (in metropolitan Perth). Community Health Nurses working with secondary schools are usually based at one school, but may also provide services at other schools.

Who are their clients? 
Community Health Nurses are well skilled in assessing adolescent health needs, and frequently engage in health counselling with young people to identify issues, risks and protective factors; provide advise; provide brief intervention; assist with access and referral to other services, and provide follow up care. A recent survey of Community Health Nurses in WA secondary schools indicated that students present with a wide range of health issues. The ten most common issues are; anxiety, stress, depression or low mood, relationship problems, sexual health, sexuality, reproductive health, nutrition, lifestyle or health behaviours and drug misuse. It is also common for Community Health Nurses to encounter young people who self-harm, who have considered or attempted suicide, and those seeking help for sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The school health centre is a place where adolescents can drop in or make appointments to discuss health and well-being issues. Young people may independently seek assistance from a Community Health Nurse, but can be referred by parents, teachers or student services teams.

Chaplain:

The chaplain works as part of the Student Services team promoting student wellbeing, particularly through the provision of pastoral care. Chaplaincy facilitates connection into the school network and wider community of students who are suffering from bereavement, family breakdown or other crisis and loss situations.

AIEO:

The AIEO program was established to support Aboriginal students and assist schools in implementing culturally inclusive education programs. The AIEO role includes:

  • Supporting Aboriginal students in the areas of academic achievement, participation, attendance, discipline, retention and communication;
  • Liaising with the community to engage parents in their children’s education and addressing issues that arise;
  • Ensuring that the culture of the community extends into the teaching and learning program, leading to inclusive practices within the school; and
  • Providing classroom support to assist the teacher in the delivery of planned education programs.

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