Our school counsellor for 2019 is Ms Joanna Michalowski who is at the school every Wednesday. Joanna’s role will be to engage students in individual counselling sessions and to support teachers and parents where practical. School counselling sessions will aim to build and nurture skills such as problem-solving and creative thinking, encourage the development of empathy, confidence and resilience, and help students resolve personal or interpersonal problems. Students will have the chance to engage in artistic activities and creative conversations which teach them about managing emotions, solving problems in the classroom and playground, discovering their identity and learning about understanding and respecting themselves and others.
The referral process for this program will be in one of the following ways:
- The identification by a staff member of a child’s need for counselling will be directed to the Principal, who will then discuss this with a parent;
- A student may approach a staff member or the counsellor who will then discuss the need request with the Principal;
- A parent may approach the Principal, a staff member or the counsellor to discuss the need for counselling.
In all situations the Principal may recommend an alternate form of support. Where counselling is to take place a signed permission form will be completed before any sessions take place.
Should you wish to grant consent for your child to take part in counselling, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joanna on Wednesdays at the school or speak to Mrs Brown.