The Counsellor is Ms
may contact the Counsellor on 95345016 or
make an appointment through the School Office on
Counsellor is at the Centre especially to help your child
adjust to his / her new situation. Your child should talk
to her if he /she is unhappy, worried, not learning well or
needs some advice. If your child's English is not good enough
to approach her, the Aides are there to help. The Counsellor
can also help with family problems. When you or your child
talk with the Counsellor, what you tell her is confidential and she will not talk to other people about it unless you
for Parents and Carers
In every school,
school counsellors, teachers, year advisers, careers advisers,
the principal and senior teachers are available to assist
students and their families. In some sclhools there are a!so
Aboriginal Education Assistancs or community liaison officers.
All work to create safe, caring schools,
free from violence and discrimination.
All can help you or your child in different
School counsellors are experienced teachers
who have a degree in psychology and post-graduate qualifications
in school counselling.They work with students of all ages,
and their families, from pre-school eoYear 12.
District Guidance Officers also provide school
counselling services and, in addition, co-ordinate a team
of school counsellors.
Every government school has access to a school
counsellor or district guidance officer.
work wirh students, parents or carers and teachers in a
variety of ways.
Their work includes:
• counselling students assisting parents or carers
• to make informed decisions about their child's education
assessing students' learning and behaviour
• assisting schools to identify and address disabilities
that affect students' learning
• liaising with other agencies concerned with the
well-being of students.
School counsellors are members of schools
student welfare and learning Support teams.With the agreement
of parents or carers, school counsellors will pass on to
teachers, information that will assist them to better meet
the needs of their students.
Students may refer themselves to the school
counsellor or may seek an interview at the suggestion of
a teacher. a parene or carer, or a friend.
A student's reasons for seeing a school
counsellor may include worrying about school work. conflict
with friends. being in trouble at school or just feeling
Parent's or carers
may seek advice from school counsellors about their child's
school progress, educational options, including access to
special education services, behaviour and for information
about help available from other agencies.
Except when students refer themselves to
the school counsellor, parents or carers will be involved
from the outset Their consent is required before any psychological
testing is undertaken.
Whether working with students, parents
or carers, or teachers, school counsellors will explain
how they work, listen carefully to what is said, help clarify
options and encourage informed decision-making.
School counselling is a confidential
service and school counsellors
will check with students, parents or carers before passing
on information (such as the results of tests of learning
difficulties) to others. Confidentuality will be maintained
unless legal requirements, e.g. child protection legislation,
override it. Nor will confidentiality be maintained where
someone may suffer serious harm from information being withheld.
are not at every school every day. It is necessary for parents
or carers to make an appointment by telephoning the school.
Students will be told of the arrangements
applying in their school as to how they can see the school
Priorities for the school counsellor's
time will be determined, in consultation with the school
counsellor, by the principal.