CARE & SUPPORT
STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
Dromana College has an extensive Student Support Program which underpins all academic and co-curricular programs at the college. The program emphasis is on the development and nurturing of a strong and positive relationship between staff and students and it is important that each student feels safe and secure. While at school the Head of Year and Pastoral Teachers are the students’ first point of contact. Each Head of Year/Pastoral Teacher takes a personal interest in each member of his/her form group. A student can go to their teacher for advice, guidance or support on a personal basis.
Head of Year are often a point of contact for students and parents. When issues of a personal nature arise the Head of Year work with the teachers and are responsible for the implementation of student management across each year level. They provide counselling and guidance on a whole range of student support issues including social adjustment, progress, behaviour and attendance.
The Student Wellbeing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating student wellbeing across the entire college. The Student Wellbeing Team works with students and parents on a range of issues including out of school referrals, assessments, school issues, counselling and attendance. They aim to address student concerns with care, respect, and confidentiality. Families and teaching staff may refer a student to any member of the wellbeing team, or students may self refer.
Any member of the Student Wellbeing Team may be contacted by phoning the College on (03) 5987 2805 during office hours. The Student Wellbeing Team consists of:
|Brooke Mollenkopf||Student Wellbeing Coordinator|
|Yiota Georgiou||School Psychologist|
|Visiting Psychologist||Student Support Services Officer|
|Tina Bedford||Adolescent Health Nurse|
|Will Goodrich||Wellbeing Worker|
|Emma Barnard||Wellbeing Worker|
|Simon Jones||Assistant Principal - Senior School|
|Andrew Wynne||Assistant Principal - Junior School|
|Stephen Kearney||Learning Support|
Student Wellbeing workers assist students in developing and fostering a general sense of wellbeing at and beyond school; particularly focusing on building self-confidence and self-esteem, positive relationships and good physical, mental and emotional health. Wellbeing workers provide one on one support for students; a variety of programs based around personal and social development, peer leadership opportunities and also acts as a connection point to a variety of services and organisations for young people and families.
The School psychologist provides short term counselling and support to students as well as psycho-educational assessments and consultation for difficulties with learning. The school psychologist can consult about a variety of issues including general mental health and wellbeing, anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, grief, self-esteem and personal development. Social skills training programs are also periodically offered to groups of students.
SCHOOL NURSING PROGRAM
The Adolescent Health Nurse employs Health Promotion and Health Education activities as a primary health prevention strategy for student wellbeing. Over 2014-2015 the Health Promotion priorities for Dromana College are in line with DET regional priorities for Mental Health (Mindfulness in School Project) and Sexual Health (Sequential evidence based sexuality education for secondary students).
Students are also referred to our Adolescent Health Nurse for 1:1 support for a variety of adolescent health issues.
Chaplaincy in state schools provides pastoral care for students, staff and families in the school community to care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Pastoral care has the goal of seeing individuals encouraged, equipped and empowered to journey towards healing, reconciliation and personal growth. Chaplains are viewed as a safe, friendly, confidential person to speak to when needed. As part of the Wellbeing team they can refer students to other members of the team or outside agencies/psychologists. Chaplains attend camps, excursions and participate in sports days. Chaplains also run a variety of resilience programs in school hours.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES OFFICERS
Student Support Services Officers operate within teams in the context of a range of Departmental health and wellbeing services operating across Victoria to promote improved learning and well-being outcomes. Officers are Allied Health Practitioners who visit schools in a local area. Our Psychologists support students, their teachers, and families to understand and manage developmental, health and life experiences pivotal to academic success. Psychological services include assessment, crises intervention, counselling and therapeutic programs designed to enhance well-being and guide young people to develop positive life skills.
INJURY or ILLNESS AT THE COLLEGE
Dromana College provides First Aid and Sick Bay facilities which is attended by a trained St John Ambulance Officer who will assist students with illness or injury and supervise access to student medication. Students who are too ill to attend a full day’s schooling should not be sent to school. Students who become ill or are injured at school are referred to the sick bay. The First Aid Officer will determine the course of action to be followed in each instance. If it is necessary for the student to be sent home the school will contact the parents. No student is ever sent home from Dromana College without parent contact having being made and an assurance given that the child will be in the care of a responsible adult.
In the case of an emergency where the parent cannot be contacted the school will take whatever action is considered necessary for the safety of the child. This may include calling an ambulance. For this reason the College Council and staff strongly recommend to all parents that they subscribe to the Ambulance Services of Victoria.
Medication should not be stored in lockers or carried around in students’ bags. Any student requiring medication should leave it with the First Aid Officer together with instructions regarding dispensing. Medication must be labelled with the student’s name. No medication will be given to any student without written consent from a parent or guardian.
INSURANCE AND INJURIES
Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students including any transport costs. Most medical costs will be refundable by Medicare. If you are a member of an ambulance or private health insurance fund you may also be able to claim transport or otherexpenses from the fund. The Department of Education andTraining does not hold accident insurance for school students.JUA Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd provides an accident insurance policy for students. The policy provides specific benefits for students who are injured in accidents for a reasonably low cost.