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Student services and support programs

Student Welfare

Petrie has a Student Welfare committee that meets each week. Its aim is to examine student welfare issues for individual students, and as a group look at how best to provide support.  Teachers may present any students they have concerns about – curriculum, social, mental, health etc.   

Guidance Officer

Petrie has the services of a Guidance Officer for 5 days each fortnight.
The role of the Guidance Officer is to provide guidance and counselling support.  Our Guidance Officer is part of the Student Welfare team that aims to develop a supportive school environment and achieve equity in educational access, participation and learning outcomes for all students. The Guidance Officer works directly with students and their families to develop a strong home /school partnership. She works closely with the Chaplain to ensure consistent support for children and families in need; and with staff through consultation, collaboration and the provision of professional development programs.
 
Guidance Services may include:
  • Assessment - assessing students to better understand specific learning needs and styles (e.g. impairments, disorders, disabilities, gifted);
  • Social / Behaviour Management  - short term counselling to students to discuss appropriate and responsible behavioural choices in various contexts (e.g. social skills, self-esteem, conflict resolution, anti-bullying, whole school approaches, protective behaviours); Social / Behaviour Management  - short term counselling to students to discuss appropriate and responsible behavioural choices in various contexts (e.g. social skills, self-esteem, conflict resolution, anti-bullying, whole school approaches, protective behaviours);
  • Personal / Counselling - short term emergent counselling (4-6 sessions) to students and parents to resolve personal issues and to address emotional needs.
  • Referral to Other Agencies - ongoing social and emotional issues/concerns may require referral to outside agencies via a GP. (e.g. anxiety, stress, coping skills, grief / loss, critical incidents, parenting issues, family breakdown and conflict);
  • Inter-agency support – liaising with and initiating referrals and links with various Government and Communities agencies to provide  co-ordinated services to students and their families (e.g. Child and Youth Mental Health, Neighbourhood Centres, Youth Services, Department of Communities)

School Chaplain

Petrie has a Parents and Citizens’ Association endorsed Chaplaincy Program. Our chaplain is a qualified social worker whose role is to provide social, emotional and spiritual support in the school. Her focus is on promoting the well-being of the student. Our students call her Chappy Bev.
 
The chaplain runs school wellbeing activities, targeting specific issues or age groups. This is seen as an opportunity to model positive values, attitudes and behaviours to students and to mentor them towards positive goals and outcomes. She also runs positive, fun activities for students both in and out of school, and fosters a supportive, caring school community. This includes support for at risk students and support for staff and families in the wider school community.
 
The chaplain participates in the everyday life of a school. She is seen as a safe person for the children to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, and a caring presence. The Chaplain cares for children struggling with a wide range of issues, including family problems, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying, stress and anxiety. She attends excursions, school camps and gala days and assists in supporting the student leaders.
 
The chaplain facilitates links between the school and local organisations.  Community links enhance the support available to students, parents/carers and staff. Each term Chappy Bev involves local churches in hosting an afternoon tea for the teachers at Petrie. They also run a Breakfast Club on Wednesday mornings, providing students with a sausage sizzle and pancakes.
 
The Chaplain is a member of the School’s Student Welfare Committee.

Advisory Visiting Teachers

Our school has access to a number of specialist advisory teachers. These specialists are accessed to provide guidance and support for students, teachers and parents; and assistance in planning to meet student needs in relation to hearing impairment, physical and medical impairment, vision impairment, behaviour management, inclusion, English as a second language (ESL) and communication.

Speech Therapy

A Speech Language Pathologist works at the school one day per week. A child may be referred for assessment and further support allocated where necessary.

Learning Support and Intervention

Learning support teachers work co-operatively with classroom teachers, the Guidance Officer, Special Education teachers, Speech Language Pathologist and parents to support students who are underachieving in literacy and numeracy.
 
This assistance may take the form of:
  • Analysing literacy and numeracy data to identify learning gaps
  • Working with classroom teachers to develop literacy and numeracy support programs for identified students. This could involve modifications to the classroom program, or withdrawal of individuals or small groups
  • Supporting implementation of programs for individual children and small groups
  • Testing children, and in some cases, referring children to the School Guidance Officer or the Speech Language Pathologist for more detailed tests