School counsellors are experienced teachers who have a degree in psychology and post-graduate qualifications in school counselling. They can work with students of all ages and their families, throughout their school years.
For information in community languages see school counselling service.
The school counsellor can also assist students who may be feeling extremely sad or anxious. Contact us if you would like to make an appointment.
It is important to seek help early if you notice any major change in your child's behaviour.
The School established a Chaplaincy Program in 2012 after consultation with the school community which included parent surveys, conversations with heads of school and discussion with the P&C. The Program, which is integrated with the School's Welfare structure, aims to provide pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to all students, irrespective of their faith or beliefs. This can include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues; the provision of student welfare; and enhancing engagement with the broader community.
In consultation with the Welfare co-ordinator, the Chaplain may refer students to other school support services such counsellors and psychologists within the school system and specialist community-based external agencies who work in partnership with the School. Welfare makes students aware of the Chaplaincy program through the Chaplain's participation in a range of activities such as lunch club, health promotion events, mentoring programs, school camps, the peer support program and school sports.
The Program is voluntary and students may choose to access the Chaplain or related activities such as pastoral care conversations and mentoring programs. Where students are invited to participate in longer term mentoring or leadership programs facilitated by the Chaplain, parental consent is obtained. Any complaints about the Program may be directed to the School Principal, along with any positive feedback which may assist the school in securing continuation of service funding.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.