From time to time students experience circumstances that may impact on their capacity to learn to the best of their ability. St Helena has a strong student wellbeing team to confidentially assist students experiencing difficulties. It is important that the school is aware of issues that may impact on a student’s ability to learn or interact with others in a positive way.
Members of the Student Wellbeing Team are bound by confidentiality unless a student discloses that they or another person are at risk of harm. In this case they must act to ensure the student, or third party, is safe.
Parents with concerns regarding their child should firstly contact the child’s Year Level Manager or the Mini School Wellbeing Coordinator. Appropriate referrals can be arranged if required.
St Helena Secondary College is fortunate to have the services of a chaplain, Paul Worsnop.
Our Chaplain offers pastoral care and support to students, and is involved in running a range of wellbeing programs including Seasons (Grief and Loss Program), Confident Kids (social skills), Rock and Water ( conflict management) as well as a number of voluntary lunchtime programs such as a weekly games program, and a discussion group for Christian students called ‘Mustard’.
Access to the Chaplain is voluntary. The Chaplain is part of the St Helena Wellbeing Team and liaise with the Leading Teacher in charge of Student Wellbeing and the College Assistant Principal in charge of Wellbeing. Students may see the Chaplain before school, at recess, or lunchtime to arrange an appointment or may ask their Year Level Manager or Student Wellbeing Manager to arrange an appointment for them.
Student Wellbeing Managers
The Student Wellbeing Manager in each mini school works with individual students on matters such as friendship issues, bullying, school refusal etc. They may refer more complex issues to the College Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Educational Psychologist or external agency. Students may see the Wellbeing Manager directly to make an appointment.
College Wellbeing Coordinator
Anna Shearman case manages a number of students with complex wellbeing issues. Referrals to Anna generally come through Mini Schools, although parents may contact her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or via 94388500.
St Helena has two days of service from two Educational Psychologists. They are able to undertake educational assessments as well as work short term with students with wellbeing issues.
St Helena has positive relationships with a number of external agencies, some of whom provide an on-site service for St Helena students. Referral to workers from agencies such as Berry Street Family Services is via the Student Wellbeing Coordinator. OnPsych psychology services are available at school with a GP referral. Contact the Student Wellbeing Coordinator for further information.
Leading Teacher in charge of Student Wellbeing
Vittoria Saliba has the oversight of the student wellbeing program with Jenny Heathcote, Middle School Principal.
Family financial difficulties that may be impacting on a student’s ability to access education should be directed to Business Manager, Ross McDonald or the relevant Mini School Principal. These issues will be handled sensitively and confidentially.
Any concerns or complaints regarding the student wellbeing program should be directed in the first instance to Jenny Heathcote via the school telephone number or email@example.com