STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES TEAM

The Student Support Services Team provides a range of services across the School. This includes a counselling team which consists of 4 full-time staff employed by the School to provide emotional, mental and physical support services to the school community. Each of the team members is highly qualified through formal qualifications and experience to deliver the service to the school community.

The Counselling Team provide support through direct counselling services offered to students and staff of the school. The support can address a variety of issues that young people face, such as relationships with peers, advocacy with teachers and House Leadership and personal and mental health issues. Students can self-refer by visiting the appropriate Student Support Services Office (A26) to make an appointment with one of the staff. Parents can make referrals by contacting a member of the Counselling Team and requesting that their child be seen by a member of the team. To provide an efficient referral process, members of the Counselling Team have a liaison role with particular Houses. If you wish to contact the Counselling Team you should ask for the staff member who liaises with your student’s House.

The Counselling Team also facilitate a number of programs for students. These include Girls World, MAT program, Supportive Friends and the Year 11 Leadership Program. The team liaises with other Leadership staff to facilitate programs for specific curriculum Domains that are delivered in classes.

The Student Support Services Team also includes the following staff

An Adolescent Health Nurse who is available on Monday and Tuesday each week. The Nurse provides health promotion and counselling. She is also involved in the delivery of curriculum in the Health Domain.
The Learning Support Manager who is responsible for the program responding to students with additional needs and managing the Learning Intervention Officers who work directly with students to support their learning in the classroom.

A full-time Speech Pathologist responsible for delivering speech pathology services to identified students and small group social skills programs. Parent consent is required for students who access the Speech Pathologist.

The Department of Education also provides Psychologists to the School. Access to the psychological service is administered through the Wellbeing Team. The Psychologists are available as needed. Parental consent is required to access this service for students who are under 16 years of age.

The team has strong connections with the community and can provide referral to community agencies that provide specialised support.

Student Support Services Leader
David Odgen

Counselling Team Manager
Alexsandra Lonsdale

Counseller
Siobhan Murphy

Counseller
Sheldon Rouse

Counseller
Cyndi Leong