The structure of student support begins with every student being placed in a Mentor Group each year. Mentor groups gives students a link to their peers and their Mentor Leader.
The Mentor Leader
The Mentor Leader is the first port of call for communication from parents/carers or staff about a particular student. This communication may be to share a success, a concern or essential background information about the student. The Mentor Leader holds a pivotal role in the advocacy, connectedness and care of each student in their Mentor Group.
This smaller group within the year level provides a ‘home-base’ and a daily opportunity to connect, communicate and share. Being part of a Mentor Group provides a sense of belonging and supports students in forming trusting relationships and making connections with their peers, their teachers and the wider College community.
A strong wellbeing structure and comprehensive support staff and processes provide additional support for students with specific and complex wellbeing needs.
Student Wellbeing Forum
The Student Wellbeing Forum, which meets weekly, comprises of:
- Assistant Principal – Wellbeing
- Director – Student Services
- House Leaders
- Learning Diversity Leader
- College Psychologists
The Wellbeing Forum works collaboratively with Mentor Leaders to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
Assistant Principal – Wellbeing
The Assistant Principal – Wellbeing provides the pivotal role in the wellbeing structure and takes responsibility for the development, implementation and promotion of wellbeing programs and services. The Assistant Principal –Wellbeing ensures that the wellbeing policies and expectations of all members of the College are upheld, resulting in a safe and supportive environment and providing the security for each student to achieve success.
Director – Student Services
The Director – Student Services works collaboratively with House Leaders and the Assistant Principal – Wellbeing. The Director – Student Services also provides a point of contact for parents/carers in regards to significant student wellbeing issues.
House Leaders promote the wellbeing of all students in their House. This is achieved by providing support to individual students, working in partnership with parents/carers and engaging with the teachers.
Learning Diversity Leader
The Learning Diversity Leader works with the Learning Diversity support staff to ensure that every child at the College receives an education that is inclusive and equitable.
Every student at the College has a right to access a range of engaging learning activities which meet their individual needs. The Learning Diversity Leader is committed to developing collaborative partnerships between students, teachers, families and community to ensure students with additional learning needs are supported from the moment they are enrolled at the College.
If a student experiences difficulties with their learning at any time they will be referred to the Learning Diversity Leader who, working closely with parents/carers, the College Psychologists and the Wellbeing Team, will use a variety of information and assessment tools to guide interventions for the student.
Adolescence is a complex time of growth and change. At various times students may find they need an additional sympathetic ear and a helping hand moving through challenges to their wellbeing or happiness. Our qualified psychologists are able to offer their expertise to support students through these difficult times or may refer them on to external support. Where applicable the psychologist may support family members with a breadth of knowledge about avenues of support for physical and mental health in the wider community.
Students may seek out support personally via confidential counselling sessions, be referred by a staff member or a parent/carer. The expertise of the College psychologists further extends to supporting staff by assisting them to build upon their skills in nurturing the wellbeing of all our students. In this manner, a team approach by staff provides for the holistic support of the students in our care.