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Support Programs

St William's School offers a number of support programs to cater for the individual requirements of our students including:

Pastoral Care Programs

We are a community which puts faith into action through respect, compassion and acceptance.  ​We have a commitment to supportive relationships within the St William's community and beyond. St William's employs a Pastoral Care Officer whose role it is to support the social education programs that are undertaken across all year levels.

Student Support Team

St William’s School has a team of support staff working in collaborative partnerships with class teachers, school officers, parents and other professionals to enhance the educational outcomes for all students. They support classroom teachers in their implementation of differentiated curriculum and inclusive practices that cater for learners with diverse and/or individual learning needs. Support teachers are also involved with developing, implementing and evaluating programs, resources and assessment for literacy and numeracy.

 

St William’s School is fortunate to have a team of support professionals working in the school community to support, encourage and challenge the children, the teachers and the parents and to develop programs to meet the needs of all students. The support process occurs in two ways:

 

Direct Support

Appropriate assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programs for students individually, in groups or in class settings in co-operation with teachers, school officers, parents and children.

Indirect Support

Consultancy with relevant school personnel, parents, Educational Support team members and other agencies. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment with the Support Teachers who are then able to schedule adequate time to discuss any needs or concerns of the parent/carers.

 

Supporting Students With Disabilities At School - A Guide For Parents.pdfSupporting Students With Disabilities At School - A Guide For Parents.pdf

Guidance Counsellor 

Role of the Guidance Counsellor

Guidance Counsellors work collaboratively to promote and foster the development and mental health of all students in partnership with school communities. The Guidance Counsellor acknowledges, and attempts to be responsive to, the diverse needs of the Catholic School, which is a complex community of teachers, learners and their families.

Guidance Counsellors work with children, caregivers and staff via a referral process to help determine, among other things, students’ academic strengths and weaknesses, their social, emotional and behavioural development, and educational needs. Guidance Counsellors have a range of responsibilities within schools, including:

  • consulting with teachers and caregivers about referrals
  • psycho-educational assessments and report writing
  • counselling, consulting, developing interventions and providing services for students with personal, social, emotional, and educational needs
  • engaging in standards of practice that are consistent with membership of professional associations and compliance with Brisbane Catholic Education requirements
  • responding to critical incidents and supporting students in crisis
  • working collaboratively with other professionals
  • developing and implementing behaviour management interventions collaboratively
  • staff, parent and student education
  • advocacy
  • enrolment support
  • verification
 

Guidance Counsellors are not expected to provide all of the services listed, and the role requires adjustments and priorities which are made according to the needs of the school.