The Wellbeing team at Springbank provides student wellbeing support through a Student Wellbeing Coordinator, a Pastoral Care Worker, structured care group and case management, INSPIRE mentors, and the Rock and Water program.

The Student Wellbeing Coordinator (Counsellor) at Springbank Secondary College supports students and carers throughout their time as part of the school community. Student wellbeing is a significant priority and the school is committed to nurturing effective partnerships between students, staff and carers. The Student Wellbeing Coordinator (Counsellor) addresses the social and emotional wellbeing of students by implementing proactive strategies to inform, educate and empower young people to take responsibility for their emotional, social and physical health.

The school community is also supported by a Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) whose four main tasks are pastoral duties; being a resource person; having a referral role and being a good role model.

Care group teachers support a group of students with whom they meet daily, get to know well as individuals, and assist in promoting self-esteem, respect, confidence and social relationships. They also manage daily administration tasks such as attendance data and plan and provide Pathways to Success the personal development course.
 

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

The Student Wellbeing Coordinator (Counsellor) at Springbank Secondary College supports students, parents and carers throughout their time as part of the school community. Student wellbeing is a significant priority and the school is committed to nurturing effective partnerships between students, staff and carers.

The Wellbeing Coordinator provides an ongoing counselling service by:
•  Managing the enrolment and leaving process
•  Supporting new student transition to the school, including liaising with local primary schools
•  Following up issues of concern that are raised by students, parents, carers, staff and other members of the school community
•  Working with the leadership team to develop a supportive and inclusive school environment where students feel safe and free from bullying and harassment
•  Providing information and facilitating access to available support services
•  Negotiating Individual Learning Plans and Negotiated Education Plans for a range of students including Aboriginal students
•  Advocating on behalf of students when the need arises
•  Promoting communication between staff, students, families and community agencies
•  Coordinating the Pathways to Success curriculum to ensure that there is developmental progression and a balance of appropriate topics such as personal development, goal setting, time management, study skills and relationships
•  Assisting with support and planning for a range of post school options
•  Establishing community partnerships with organisations that provide community based education to support individuals and groups
•  Working with staff to develop programs that enhance student learning and wellbeing
•  Coordinating the Student Representative Council (SRC) and promoting authentic student voice in the school
•  Coordinating alternative programs such as Flexible Learning Options (FLO)

The Student Wellbeing Coordinator (Counsellor) addresses the social and emotional wellbeing of students by implementing proactive strategies to inform, educate and empower young people to take responsibility for their emotional, social and physical health.

Pathways to Success

Pathways to Success (P2S) is a significant year 8-12 Pastoral Care program. It is delivered weekly in a block of 60 minutes. The program provides an opportunity in the curriculum for the explicit teaching of skills that underpin lifelong learning. It also builds positive relationships, develops a sense of community within and beyond the school and fosters a higher sense of self and motivation to achieve.

Pathways to Success is based on the set of values that have been identified as important by our school community (relationships, respect, excellence, creativity and citizenship). The program includes Department for Education mandated curriculum such as Protective Behaviours, Bullying and Harassment Education, Drug Education, Street Smart and Safe Driver Education, while numerous opportunities exist for career and transition from school planning. The Sexual Health and Relationships education undertaken in this program is based on the SHineSA endorsed curriculum and as a SHineSA school, Springbank Secondary College has access to the latest information and strategies in curriculum delivery available within this important area.

The program is based on a philosophy that positive relationships underpin effective partnerships with the community, parents and students. The program allows us to focus on students, both their individual and group needs, and we are able to initiate successful interventions and supports when required. Each year level has a curriculum that meets the developmental needs of the students and builds skills and knowledge over time.

Pastoral Support Worker

Schools Ministry Group

The Schools Ministry Group (SMG) was set up by the Heads of Churches to oversee and support Christian Ministry in Government schools. The Group consists of representatives from all the major Christian Churches and Para Church organisations. SMG is responsible for developing policy, giving pastoral and resource support to over 300 Pastoral Care Workers, (PCWs) liaising with schools and churches about programs and organising ‘In Service’ training for PCWs in South Australia.

A PCW has special skills for working in partnership with students, staff, parents and local church communities. The PCW is jointly accountable to the local churches through Colonel Light Gardens and District Inter-Church Council (ICC) and the Education Department, through the school Principal.

What Does a Pastoral Care Worker Do?

• Is available to students as a listener, friend and pastoral support

• Works in co-operation with the Leadership Team

• Provides support for families in time of need

• Promote and support Christian Option seminars with the local ICC

• Is a support, resource and referral person for teachers

• Plans events and activities to support school programs

•Works with others in the community to develop and advertise services, programs and strategies that meet the needs of young people living in the area

The PCW is available as a support person for the school community.  As a resource person they have contact with people in various ways, e.g. support for “Pathways to Success”, Student Representative Council (SRC), lunchtime activities and other programs.

PCWs are employed by SMG (Schools Ministry Group) through the Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program with the support of the Colonel Light Gardens and District Inter-Church Council.

A Few Facts About Pastoral Care Workers

PCW are not in the school to evangelise on behalf of a particular faith group. They respect the secular character of the government school. The PCW is primarily a service of pastoral care, available to students and staff who want it. PCWs are of course, as entitled as anyone else to speak of their personal beliefs when asked by students in voluntary situations, yet the initiative rests with the inquirer and they are there to support not instruct. A PCW’s primary clients are students and staff; however they are available to families and the wider school community.

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