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.” We have a Student Wellbeing Leader on staff for four days a week.
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.
The Pastoral Care Program is funded through the Australian Government’s National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), please click here for more information from the Department for Education.
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.
We are very excited to welcome our new Pastoral Care Worker, Ashlee Beecroft to our school community from Centacare.
Ashlee has a psychology honours graduate from the University of Adelaide. Last year Ashlee worked with trauma affected students in the region of Cudlee Creek after the 2019 Adelaide Hills fires. Ashlee has worked with students at risk of disengagement and has written tailored case management plans for these students and their families. Ashlee works in another government school in the capacity of a PCW.
What will Ashlee do at Linden Park Primary School?
- Teachers are able to nominate students who they believe are at risk social or emotionally to Ashlee or myself. Generally these students will present with concerns around having worries, anxiety, self-esteem issues or friendship concerns.
- Ashlee’s conversations with students will be solutions focussed. Primarily she will provide an environment where students feel safe to talk about any concerns. Ashlee has current DfE required training and certificates and will share any concerns with me that need to be addressed with parents or to other Leadership staff.
- Ashlee is also aware of using pro-active strategies in developing social skills and to build students resilience.
- Ashlee will be working at LPPS each Friday. Ashlee and I will meet regularly to discuss on-going student needs or new student cases.
- For any student who we believe would benefit from Ashlee’s support, the parents will be given an ‘opt-in’ or permission form they will need to complete via EdSmart.
If any parents would like to access Ashlee’s support for their child, please speak with your child’s teacher, enquire at the front office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Ashlee will be more than happy to make contact with any parent who wishes to discuss their concerns about their child.