Student Services is an integral part of the Safety Bay Senior High School community. Students are provided with a wide variety of support staff and structures catering for students differing wellbeing needs. Student Services has a vital role in improving student attendance, addressing behavioural expectations within the school and to improve all students’ academic performance.
The Student Wellbeing team endeavour to implement positive pastoral care programs and reward initiatives to recognise student achievement, attendance and behaviour.
The Student Wellbeing team are professional, dedicated and compassionate staff who are committed to making positive changes within the school. The team consists of:
- Student Wellbeing Managers
- Student Wellbeing Assistant Managers
- School Psychologist
- School Nurse
- Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO)
- School Chaplain
- Defence Transition Mentor
- Education Assistants
- Student Services Clerical Officers
The Student Wellbeing Managers and Assistant Managers are responsible for establishing the Student Services annual plan aligned to the school’s business plan. They ensure that the team works to implement the plan and provide academic, social, emotional and medical support for all students. The Managers and Assistant Managers are actively involved in supporting staff, students and families to ensure student well being and potential are being met.
The School Psychologist supports students who are identified as being at educational risk. Often the focus is on personal crisis impacting on the students’ emotional well being. Students have the opportunity for psychological assessment, individual counselling and group workshops. The psychologist has strong links with external agencies in supporting students and families.
The School Chaplain represents a general non-sectarian presence in the school. The primary role of the School Chaplain is to provide pastoral care to all students. Contact with students and their families often relate to issues such as family relationships, peers relationships, grief and loss and academic issues. The Chaplain is able to provide individual counselling, group workshops and is available for home visits if deemed necessary.
School Health Services are provided by Community Health personnel employed by local Health Services. Personnel work closely with school communities to provide services which are universally available to all students, and particularly those with health issues.
Contemporary School Health Services have a strong prevention focus, with roles that can be categorised intro three integrated areas, health promotion, early detection and specialist health expertise. Community Health Nurses partner with Student Service teams to provide care for student with particular difficulties.
The AIEO works specifically with Aboriginal and Islander students making strong connections with each student and their families. The AIEO ensures support mechanism is in place to support all Aboriginal and islander students with attendance, behaviour and academic performance.
The Learning Support Co-ordinator links with students identified with learning difficulties and is responsible for developing Individual Education plans. The LSC works closely with teaching staff to support the implementation of the plans and monitoring student’s progress. The LSC also access appropriate external agencies to support staff and students where necessary.
The Defence Transition Mentor works with students who are children of Australian Defence Force employees to support them in the transition they may experience from State to State. Support is provided for students who have a family member stationed away from their family home. Students emotional well being and academic progress are mentioned the DTM.
The Education Assistants provide classroom support for students who have been identified with learning difficulties and diagnosed learning disorders.
Student Services clerical staff are the first point of contact for student queries and concerns. Clerical staff input all attendance data, through phone calls, SMS and through written communication.