Student Services Centre
The Student Services Centre has been set up to provide assistance for students who may be experiencing academic, vocational, social, emotional or health concerns. Student Services support staff are located in the Student Services Centre located just outside the Front Office.
The Student Services team consists of the Student Services Coordinator, Year Coordinators, Psychologist , the Community Health Nurse, Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO), the School Chaplain, Learning Support Coordinator, and Attendance Officers.
Community Health Nurse
School Health Services are delivered in all public secondary schools and colleges across Western Australia. Community Health Nurses provide first point of entry into the health system for children and adolescents and are the key health contact for the school. School staff and Community Health Nurses work in partnership to enhance the health, well-being and educational outcomes for individuals and groups of students.
Our Community Health Nurses collaborate with the Student Services team to provide care for students with particular difficulties. They are skilled in assessing adolescent health needs and frequently engage in health counselling to identify issues, risks and protective factors, provide advice, brief interventions, referral to other services and follow-up care.
The Health Centre, located in the Student Services area, is a place where adolescents can either drop in (ideally at recess or lunch) or make an appointment to discuss health and well-being issues. The recommended pathway for attending the Health Centre is that the student requests permission by the teacher to class. The student may then walk to the front office who will direct the student to the relevant care provider.
If deemed unwell enough to be excused from school, the Front Office staff or Community Nurse will phone the student’s parent/carer. To improve overall resiliency, we discourage mobile phone messaging between students and parents during the school day as miscommunication regarding illness or injury may lead to confusion and angst for the parent.
What are the health services in Secondary Schools?
- Access to health services for students to address a range of health issues.
- Support for teachers to provide health education in the classroom (e.g. sexual health).
- Facilitation of health related professional development for teachers (e.g. anaphylaxis and asthma).
- Student health and wellbeing programs (e.g. resilience).
- Support for school health promotion initiatives such as mental health (e.g RUOK Day).
- Assistance for staff and parents to develop health care plans for students with special needs (e.g. chronic illness, physical disability or other complex health conditions).
- Assistance to the school in establishing systems to deal with illness and injury in the absence of a nurse.
- First aid for medical emergencies if on site.
- Our main focus is to empower students to become self-responsible young adults. It is important to note that we do not dispense any medication and students are encouraged to carry one dose of analgesia e.g. Panadol.
If there are any changes to your child’s health status or if you simply have a query, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9848 0100 and we will forward your inquiry to the relevant person.
The school Medical Centre is open from 8.30 am til 3.30 pm. Students who wish to visit the Health Nurse are required to inform their teacher and report to the Front Office who will call through to the Health Nurse to see if she’s available. In the event the Health Nurse is unavailable, the Front Office staff will attend to the students needs and if required, will contact parents.
Students who injure themselves or become unwell will be sent to the Medical centre where appropriate first aid will be given. Students should not contact parents if they are unwell. The correct procedure is to see the First Aid Officer first.
First Aid Officers:
- Sharon Poett
- David Beckwith
- Rennae Young
- Nikki Stirling
If your child has a medical condition or requires a First Aid Officer to administer medication during the school day, please refer to the Department of Education’s website for student health care and administration of medication forms. These forms need to be filled out every year.
Please note: STUDENTS WHO ARE UNWELL SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO SCHOOL.
Student Services Coordinator
The Student Support Officers provide assistance to students with attendance, engagement and mental health concerns. They also support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families.
Student Support Officer:
- Sarah Carver
The School Psychologists apply their psychological and educational expertise to support schools to meet the social, emotional, learning and behavioural needs of students. They work closely with the Student Services team, teachers, students, parents and interagency partners, to help schools make improvements that are good for all students. The psychological service includes counselling, assessment, consultation and intervention with individual students, groups and at the whole school level.
The School Psychologists offer brief solution focused interventions and longer term interventions require referral to an appropriate external agency. Parents and students can refer to the School Psychologists by contacting our Student Services Coordinator, Katy Mitchell to make an appointment. Please note that parent/guardian consent is required prior to direct psychological involvement for students in Years 7-10.
- Abigail Weber – Year 7-12
The Chaplains provide support to students and staff, offering counselling and non denominational spiritual support.
- Louise Smith