In education, wellbeing is important for two reasons. The first is the recognition that schooling should not just be about academic outcomes but that it is about wellbeing of the ‘whole child’; the second is that students who have higher levels of wellbeing tend to have better cognitive outcomes at school.
We have many initiatives in place at Linden Park Primary School to help support student wellbeing. These include social emotional programs such as “Play is the Way” and “What’s the Buzz.”
Student Support Services
Children and young people who need extra help can be referred to the Student Support Services team by their teacher.
Student Support Services include social workers, behaviour support coaches, psychologists, special educators, speech pathologists and provide support to children and teachers in state schools and preschools.
If your child’s teacher feels that your child is having difficulties they may engage with the Student Support Services team regarding these difficulties. Your teacher will discuss this with you and obtain your consent before making a formal request for support for your child. For more information feel free to speak to your class teacher, email the school or click here to visit the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) Web page.
Pastoral Care Worker
In education, wellbeing is important for a number of reasons. One is the recognition that schooling should not just be about academic outcomes but that it is about wellbeing of the ‘whole child’; another is that students who have higher levels of wellbeing tend to have better cognitive outcomes at school.
Linden Park Primary has Ellen O’Dea from Centacare who is working at the school two days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays). Ellen has a Diploma of Community Services, Certificate 4 in Youth Work, Certificate 4 in Community Development and a Certificate 3 in Community Services Work. She has a range of skills and experience including working with young people who are disengaged or at risk of being disengaged. The Pastoral Care Program is funded through the Australian Government’s National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), please click here for an information pamphlet issued by the department.
Generally, care workers support students by:
- improving educational participation and engagement
- developing positive wellbeing and optimism
- demonstrating positive relationships
- developing trust, respect and understanding of others
- building on self-esteem, confidence and communication skills
- working through problems encouraging positive life choices
Please click here to view a Frequently asked questions fact sheet.
During her time at the school she works with identified students but also has the beginning of the day on Thursday to meet with any students that self-refer in regards to seeking guidance and assistance around social and emotional wellbeing. She also makes this time available for families and parents to talk about any issues they may be facing or advice that they need some help and support with. If you wish to speak with Ellen, she is available through the front office.