Our Student Services team works to support students, families and staff. The Team works closely with staff and collaborates with a wide range of outside agencies to assist in catering for students with a range of pastoral care, academic, attentional, social, emotional and behavioural needs, as well as supporting teachers to cater for students who have a diagnosed disability or who have been identified as gifted and talented.
The Student Services team consists of:
A referral to the Psychologist, Chaplain and Nurse requires written permission from the parents.
School Psychologist - Ms Laura Curelic
The School Psychologist provides a service to the Mount Lawley School Community of students, parents and staff one day a week (Monday). The School Psychologist provides support in three main areas:
Work with students, parents and the school to identify and change target behaviours at the individual and group level.
Conduct assessments of students experiencing learning difficulties and/or disabilities at schools. Support the school in making appropriate curriculum adjustments for students in order to enhance their learning outcomes.
Mental Health and Well-being
Providing direct support for students experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties. Assist the school and children to maximise the development of positive mental health and well- being.
School Chaplain - Mr Andrew Paul
The Chaplain has been involved in many ongoing roles:
- Working with a number of individual students, meeting with some of them regularly over the term/year. The Chaplain has worked closely with the School Psychologist in some of these cases. He has also visited several classes to introduce himself.
- Staff support has been a significant role since 2015.The Chaplain spends time with a many staff from across the school, speaking with them on a number of levels to do with student welfare, workplace pressures and family issues.
- Facilitated a small group with several Year 4 students. Called 'the iPad group', this involved relationship and confidence building and focused on using iPads and film making. It resulted in a version of the Australian National Anthem, and a film of video tricks, both of which have been used in assemblies. The students also worked on a film to support the school’s vision - Together: Learn, Respect, Inspire, Create, Celebrate.
- The Dads’ & Kids Campout was a standout success in Term One, making connections with Coolbinia Primary School dads, and the Chaplain has been exploring further links with Coolbinia PS, Mount Lawley SHS and the Fathering Project.
- Developing community and communication have been an area that has resulted in a short film produced by the Chaplain for World Teacher’s Day, where students spoke about their teachers and the school. Work has also begun on a School Video, focusing on developing community and celebrating the school’s work. Filming for this commenced in 2016.
- Involved in working with a team of staff to set up and prepare this year’s Banksia magazine, with some major changes to its production for 2015. The Chaplain has also taken photos around the school and its events for this project.
- Facilitated transition by coordinating the end of Year Carols on the Lawley Lawn event, where our students perform with the high school, visited the Year 6 Camp at Mornington and is involved in our student's transition to high school
Community Health Nurse - Leigh-Anne Courtney
The Community Health Nurses build capacity within the school to care for children with particular health needs, (i.e. anaphylaxis, asthma), and assist classroom teachers with delivery of the health education curriculum. Nurses work in the school to promote healthy development and wellbeing so students may reach their full potential.
A major part of their work is focussed on early intervention and the School Entry Health Assessment program. Our Community Health Nurses serve as a health contact point for children, and their families, providing information, assessment, health counselling and referral.
Within their role, Community Health Nurses have:
- Completed health and development assessments.
- Made referrals to other health services for further assessment, tests, diagnosis and therapy.
- Supported teachers to provide health education in the classroom.
- Supported healthy lunches promotion initiatives in the Kindy.
- Provided information at the Kindy information morning for parents on services offered.
- Helped school staff to develop health care plans for students with special needs.