Counselling is an opportunity to receive extra support and gain more understanding so students can make the most of their learning experiences.
Individual support can be provided regarding any issue to assist the continued development of a student’s social, emotional and academic learning. Support is also available for parents in relation to their daughter enrolled at the School.
Students or parents can contact the School Counsellor directly during term time. For students from Early Learning to Year 6, parental consent is sought prior to commencement of counselling and regular feedback is provided. For students in Years 7 to 12, counselling sessions are confidential unless approval has been gained from the young person to share information, there is a legal subpoena, or if there is a concern regarding potential harm or a need to meet mandatory reporting obligations.
If a student presents with complex and ongoing needs the School Counsellor may refer them to an external mental health professional. The School Counsellor also liaises with external professionals working with a student to assist in providing a supportive and coordinated team approach. Additionally, if a student has had a professional assessment completed external to the school, for example by a psychologist, speech pathologist or paediatrician, the School Counsellor can assist with the distribution of recommendations to their teachers to further support the student’s individual needs.
The School Counsellor also offers a consultant role to staff to support students with educational strategies, behaviour management strategies and social/emotional learning skills.