Student Wellbeing at Woodmans Hill centres on your child’s year level.
Student Wellbeing and the Year Level Coordinators are led by:
Assistant Principal – Ms Shannon Turnbull
Year Level Leaders
Year 7 Coordinator – Ms Jacinta Paul
Year 8 Coordinator – Mr Rob Baker
Year 9 Coordinator – Mr Patrick Cleary
Year 10 Coordinator – Ms Jackie Collins
Year 11 Coordinator – Mr Shane Hutchinson
Year 12 Coordinator – Ms Libby Fowkes
You should feel free to contact the Year Level Leader with any issues regarding such things as your child’s progress, discipline, health and welfare.
Communication is important. We can only act on something if we know about it. The best results are achieved when we work together as a team.
Student Youth Counsellor
Woodmans Hill has identified student welfare and management as a major priority. The school employs a full time Student Youth Counsellor who provides a confidential service to all students and parents. The Student Youth Counsellor is responsible for helping students handle issues such as truancy, disengagement, bullying, drug use and social/emotional health.
The Student Youth Counsellor works with other welfare professionals and agencies to address student needs. The College also has access to District Support Staff of the Department of Education. From time to time the College employs other agencies to run programs to cater for the specific needs of students.
A large number of parents and students have used, and continue to use this service.
Individual Pathways Planning
The Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) initiative ensures that all students 15 years and over are provided with individual pathway plans with associated support as a means to continued education, training or full-time employment.
MIPs aims to help young people to:
- make a smooth transition from compulsory schooling to further education, training and employment
- develop skills to manage their pathways throughout their working lives
- develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of opportunities in education, training and employment.
Woodmans Hill strives to provide an inclusive educational opportunity for all students. The Hub of special programs is in the Learning Support Room, which provides both small group working spaces as well as larger class areas for these students. The Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) is based here with access to aide time, special education consultation and planning. Other programs include Literacy Support, English as a Second Language and specialised group work. Students always feel welcome and comfortable knowing that support and understanding is available to help them manage in such a large school. Parents can easily contact the Learning Support Coordinator by phone to speak to about any of the following –
- Program for Students with Disability (PSD/integration) support and staff
- Special needs resources
- Literacy Support program for students with language disorders and literacy difficulties
- Support groups
- Educational testing and screening for groups and individuals
- Individually programmed sessions for students with Individual Learning Plans
- Access to consultation with District Staff psychologist, speech pathologist and special education services
- Effective linking with school welfare structure, including counselling.
- Direct access to Special Education teacher at parent request
- A safe, structured environment to assist in strengthening students’ sense of belonging.
Woodmans Hill has a trained First Aid Officer to deal with ill or injured students and to dispense prescribed medications.
The school have a number of procedures which follow in the event of student injury. These may include first aid provided by the first aid officer, contact to parents, or other emergency contacts, and if necessary, calling an ambulance.
School Injuries & Insurance
Parents and guardians are generally responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport costs. Most medical costs will be funded by Medicare. If you are a member of ambulance or health insurance fund, you may also be able to claim transport or other expenses from the fund.
The Department of Education does not hold accident insurance for school students. The Department is aware of two insurers, JUA Underwriting Agency Pty. Ltd. and Willis Australia Ltd. who provide accident insurance policies for students. These policies provide specific benefits for students who are injured in accidents for a reasonably low cost. Other insurance companies may also do so.
Adolescent Health Nurse
As part of a state-wide program the College has the services of a part-time qualified nurse who provides health education for the school community.