Student Leadership Opportunities
I am thrilled to announce that our student leaders will be supporting their peers and our younger students at lunchtimes to get involved with activities around the school. The student leaders, supported by Anthony Bortolot, will start this initiative with a War on Waste Wednesday’s including activities to promote environmental activities and keeping our yard clean and some sports equipment borrowing and games. I look forward to seeing our student leaders out in the yard in their brand new High Vis Vests supporting and working with the other students to create a more inclusive and fun environment for all students.
School Council Voting – closes Thursday at 4pm
I would like to thank all of the parents who nominated themselves to sit on the school council for the next two years. Because of the number of nominations we are holding a ballot to elect the new council members. Voting is currently open and closes at 4pm Thursday 11 March. Please submit your votes by sending the voting slip you received last week back with your child or placing them in the voting box at the front office. The first school council meeting with the new school council will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 17 March.
Late last year I wrote about the prospect of a private councillor working in the school to support children who may need the guidance to help them deal with anxiety, friendship issues, behaviour issues, grief or many other reasons. On our website, there is now a link to the information about the councillor, Heidi Winchester, who we have engaged. The information pack contains some background on Heidi and the steps that you need to take to start your child with the service. Please read the information in this pack and then see me if you have any questions, or need help to fill in any of the forms. It would be beneficial to meet with me so that we can complete the ‘Counselling Intake Form’ together.
If you are interested, the first step is to read the information and complete the intake and consent forms in this pack. Please see me if you have any questions, or need help with the forms.
The next step is to take your child to their GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist to discuss the problem. The doctor can then develop a mental health treatment plan which may involve visits to a mental health professional. The doctor also needs to provide a referral letter to this professional. The mental health treatment plan allows for your child to have up to 10 sessions with the mental health professional each calendar year, with the costs covered by Medicare.
Please find the link to more information here.