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

 Wellbeing Team Officer
Siobhan Murphy

Wellbeing Team Officer
Sheldon Rouse

Wellbeing Team Officer
Cyndi Leong