Adolescence is a time of great change in a student’s life. At different stages of life they may be more comfortable talking with one person or group over another. The following people and programs are available to assist students in need of support or advice.
Academic guidance and support
Students are assisted in their education by specialist staff such as heads of department and the deputy principals. Every learning area has a Head of Department that manages the curriculum, assessment and reporting for that subject. HODs are part of the leadership team at the school and can assist students with matters regarding missed assessment, class attendance and concerns about workload
Provides advice and guidance on a diverse range of matters pertaining to student education and welfare. The guidance officer is available to help and advise students and their parents on matters as diverse as subject selection, career paths, emotional and social problems, scholarships and tertiary admissions procedures.
Indigenous support is a high priority with the education department and support personnel are available to assist across a range of issues.
Dean of school
Each year level has a staff member dedicated to assisting students with any inquiry they have about their schooling. The Dean of Junior, Middle and Senior work with the school leadership body to provide management of the student body.
School-based youth health nurse
The school nurse is available at the school to provide students, with counselling on health-related issues, and also plays a part in a range of educational programs in the school, particularly in health, nutrition and human relationships.
A joint program with local churches and Scripture Union Queensland provides a chaplaincy service at the school. This can be accessed by students if they need personal guidance or assistance. The chaplain offers a quiet place to be for those times when you just need someone to listen.
Rock and Water
Program Focus on
Girls and Women
The Rock and Water Program Focus
on Girls and Women uses the basic skills and concepts of the Rock &
Water program, while paying special attention to the developmental challenges
and qualities of teenage girls and women. Participants learn to work with the
different Rock & Water principles developing self-confidence and
communication skills. They learn to find balance between empathy and living
together with loved ones without losing their own individuality and personal
path in life. This program supports teenage girls and women in their journey to
becoming powerful individuals.
The purpose of this program
is for students to understand the ways bullies operate, develop skills to
manage responses to bullying behaviour, become aware of their own strengths to
build self-esteem, promote assertive communication skills, identify and
strengthening support networks, raising awareness of distorted thinking
patterns and making changes towards positive thinking.
Love Bites program
This program is coordinated
by Relationships Australia and involves specially trained youth workers,
counsellors and local police. It is delivered each year to all of our Year 10 students,
free of charge, and shares important information around Domestic Violence –
recognising it, promoting safe relationships, education on lawfulness and
eSafety program - Cyber-safety and cyber-bullying education
Secondary School presentations delivered each year to the whole school.
The goal is to challenge student’s mindsets and assumptions about the realities
of the online world. This is achieved through real and sometimes confronting presentations
with life lessons that can’t be denied. In all of this, the program aims to
empower students with the knowledge they need to act responsibly in the online
Background information on the presentations:
internet detective Brett Lee spent thousands of hours as a fictitious teenager
on the internet; which creates a powerful and unique credibility with the
audience that is essential and unparalleled. The messages are made real through
the use of crime cases and videos and culminate in points to remember and
actions our students can take to avoid or reduce issues they may face in an
The LIVINWELL Program is an
interactive presentation delivered free of charge to all students in Years
10-12. The Program was developed from a combination of lived experiences and
evidence-based strategies drawn from reputable institutions such as Black Dog
Institute, Headspace and BeyondBlue. The focus of the program is on stigma reduction,
mental health awareness and empowerment. The aim of the program is to increase
mental health literacy: to equip students with the basic tools and
understandings to seek help and help others in need.