- School Psychologist
- Reading Resource
- Learning Improvement Programme
- School Chaplain
- Youth Education Officer
- School Nurse
The role of the School Psychologist is to support the school in the areas of behaviour and learning. Support for students generally takes the form of personal counselling. Students need to be able to cope with changing interpersonal relationships with parents and friends, manage time and stress effectively, and begin making decisions about their future. Students are encouraged to self refer to the psychologist for strategies and support. Parents who are concerned about their child may also contact the psychologist directly at the school, or during school holidays at Perth District Education Office.
Teachers may have concerns about a student in areas such as:
- Classroom behaviour
- Social/emotional issues.
Teachers are encouraged to discuss these concerns with the School Psychologist, and an action plan can be developed. This may range from organising a case conference with the parent/s and student, to writing an individual behaviour program.
Support is also provided at a whole school level, this may involve participation in school committees, assistance with policy development, and presentation of professional development.
The reading resource teacher's role is to coordinate literacy programs at all levels.
The reading resource teacher assists with:
- students with reading difficulties
- 'stepping out' literacy program
- diagnostic testing
- classroom reading strategies
The teacher's role is to maximise learning achievement at all levels. A program to assist students with learning difficulties, particularly in English and Mathematics, is conducted in years 8, 9 and 10. Some students are placed in special groups, others are assisted on an individual basis. Further information on this is available on application.
The chaplain coordinates pastoral care programs at all levels. The school chaplain is available for students and parents
- as a councellor and listener
- on a general support basis.
The chaplain forms part of the student services team and meets regularly with other staff such as the School Psychologist, Nurse Year Coordinators and administrative staff. Appointments can be made by direct approach or by telephone.
The Youth Education Officer is responsible for a wide range of activities within the school. Areas of involvement include...
- Ex-student follow up
- Outdoor education activities
- Recreation programs
- Personal development
- The Work Experience Program- giving year 10 students experience in the work force.
- Coordination of the Career and Vocational Education program.
Mrs Trudy Abrecht
Mrs Helen Lethbridge
A registered nurse is appointed to every large Government high school and time and expertise are shared with neighbouring primary schools.
Responsibilities of the School Nurse:
- Community based school nurses are concerned with the promotion of healthy lifestyle, prevention of disabling conditions, avoidance of risk taking behaviour for all students within the community.
- All School Nurses are registered and have experience in working with students, teachers and families in the community.
- Community School Nurses act as a resource person for health education programs in the classroom.
- They can advise on community resources, discuss parenting issues and health problems and assist with information.
- Community School Nurses assess, treat or refer injury or illness occurring in the school
- Community nurses can assess vision, hearing and co-ordination.
Other priority programs which community nurses address include:
- The effective management of asthma in children
- Youth health and childhood injury prevention