We provide staff who are specialists trained in clinical, educational and developmental psychology. They are able to offer individual, group and family counselling in relation to the academic, social and emotional well-being of all students. Their role is to offer confidential support and guidance to students and families regarding various personal, developmental and family issues. They support teaching staff by providing advice in educational assessment and management of students, which may include diagnostic testing. They work closely with Learning Support staff in developing individual learning programs for students identified as having special needs. Finally they initiate and liaise with external support personnel where appropriate and provide support within the school’s pastoral care system.
Learning support is available to all students and aims to provide a systematic cycle of identification, assessment and support to ensure that all students receive the help they need to achieve their full potential. A learning support teacher works closely with classroom teachers, administrators and other support personnel both within and outside the classroom to provide the identification of special needs students and their particular areas of need, classroom strategies and individual education plans to meet specific needs, continuous assessment and review of student progress, close communication between teachers, parents and community support services. Learning support also organise enrichment classes and co-curricular academic offerings and competitions.
This begins in the Senior School under the supervision of a trained Careers Counsellor. All students study the subject "Health and Human Relations" which includes a unit on "Careers”. We conduct Careers Nights for students where alumni are invited to address students on the nature of their employment. This is complemented by a series of weekly lunchtime talks from tertiary education representatives and professional groups. The Careers Counsellor assists students by administering vocational guidance tests and providing advice on tertiary pre-requisite studies. Another worthwhile program in the school is designed to assist students in interview technique. All Year 10 boys participate in one week's work experience at the end of the year, which includes a teacher visiting the student and making an assessment.