Counselling services are an extension of the pastoral services provided by Housemasters, House Tutors and staff generally, and the broader emphasis placed on student wellbeing that incorporates the school Chaplains, the school Sergeant, the MAP Centre, the boarding house and Outdoor Education.
Counselling services are available to each student and/or parents and carers across all age ranges from P-12, generally on a referral basis from Housemasters and senior staff, but appointments can also be arranged through direct parent contact with Reception or student self-referral. Counselling occurs in a confidential setting.
Counselling is provided in three broad categories but each may be touched on in any one session:
Personal counselling varies on a needs basis but may be concerned with:
- Mental health issues
- Developmental issues
- Grief and Loss
- Conflict resolution / mediation
- Interpretation of psychological reports
- Referral to outside professionals
- Behaviour management
- Developing personal insights
Academic counselling is provided to students who may be experiencing difficulties with their studies. Discussion with a counsellor can assist students to identify areas of difficulty and develop strategies to facilitate improvements, not just in performance, but also to assist their general wellbeing. Academic counselling is an extension of the Teaching and Learning framework for the whole school that manages student learning in the classroom. Counselling in this way can incorporate areas such as students at risk, academic disadvantage, provisions for elite performers, policies for dealing with disability, unsatisfactory progress and internal Special Provisions. Counselling can assist with the interpretation of psychological and psychiatric reports and the implementation of strategies arising from these reports.