School counselling staff are members of the school learning and support team.
A teacher may recommend the service by referring a student to the school’s learning and support team. As a parent or carer, you may refer your child directly to the school counselling service. Students can also self-refer to the service.
The school counselling service can:
- support students who are worrying about school work, friends, getting in trouble at school or feeling down
- help parents and carers make decisions about your child’s education
- assess a student’s learning and behaviour
- help teachers and students identify and address disabilities that may affect learning
- liaise with other agencies regarding student wellbeing.
School counselling is confidential.
For more information about learning and support teams and the school counselling service, visit:
School Counsellors: Claire Ingrid & Connie Spinks
- Connie is on-site Monday, Tuesday and Friday
- Claire is on-site Wednesday and Thursday
School counsellors are primary or secondary teachers who have approved qualifications in psychology and school counselling. They work with students of all ages and their families, from Kindergarten to Year 12, providing valuable support and counselling and psychological assessment for students with specific needs. Their daily work activities may include counselling students, assessing students' learning and behaviour, helping families make informed decisions about their child's education, identifying impediments to students' learning and liaising with external agencies regarding students' wellbeing.
Appointments need to be made to see the School Counsellor.
This is done by completing either a parent or student referral form - referral forms are available from the Front Office.
Student Support Officer: Megan Gillespie
Megan works within the wellbeing team to assist all students in our school to be happy, healthy and achieving their best. Within the school, Megan provides one on one support and facilitates small group work to help students address their wellbeing, whether it be physical, emotional or psychological, as well as linking students and their families to external support agencies.
The Wellbeing team also operates whole school initiatives to promote healthy relationships, good mental health practices and a positive school culture. Megan holds lunchtime programs where the students can engage in activities and meet new people.
The Student Support Officer is a resource for all students whether they are currently experiencing hardship, are supporting friends or family or just want to learn more about wellbeing to help achieve their goals.
Megan also runs school holiday programs within the local community - which are posted on the school's Facebook page leading up to school holidays.
Students are referred to the student support officer for one on one support via self-referral, year advisors and deputies. Parents can contact Megan through the school office.