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Irrawang High School

Irrawang High School

Achievement through learning and participation

Telephone02 4987 4687

Emailirrawang-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Student Wellbeing

Philosophy

Our students are known, valued and cared for at Irrawang High School. We know that students who have a positive experience at school, make connections and feel safe will achieve better outcomes in the long term.  

Learning Support Team

The school Learning and Support team plays a key role in ensuring that the specific needs of students with a disability and additional learning and support needs are met. 

Meet the LaST Team:

Suzi Morris a highly experienced member of the learning and support team who has been working as a Learning and Support Teacher (LaST) for ten years. Suzi works with students, parents/carers, classroom teachers and external agencies to develop learning plans to map the pathway for successful learning at IHS. Suzi is involved in diagnostic testing, Disability Provisions for the H.S.C and coordinates National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).

Melanie Morgan is a teacher who has been focused on program called “Ramp Up Writing” which explicitly teaches some of the mechanics of writing and builds confidence in the writing process.  Throughout this process she works with small groups of students who may need literacy support as well as those who need extending.  She is also a member of our “Literacy Sprint” team who delivers short literacy lessons across the school.

Michelle Liddell is Learning and Support Teacher (LaST) who works with small groups of students to build their literacy skills.  Michelle uses the Lexia program to build student skills and also writes Individual Learning Plans for students.  She is also a Distance Education Coordinator and involved in the Ngarralbaa Aboriginal Education team activities throughout the school. Michelle works in the library, our student learning hub.

Alyssa Allen is a Student Learning Support Officer (SLSO) who runs our QuickSmart literacy intervention program.  Alyssa develops strong trusting relationships with small groups of students to become more confident readers.  Based in the library, Alyssa also supports other literacy intervention initiatives within the school.

Johanne Montano supports our English as a Second Language/Dialect (EAL/D) students to hone their literacy and speech skills and provides some in class support.  In addition, Johanne supports senior students in their study periods providing this opportunity for students to “book a mentor” session.  Johanne is passionate about mathematics and physics but is an all-rounder who works with students on any subject area. He will work with students on study time tables, organisational strategies, assessment task support as well as stress management.

Mr Bryan is a Learning Assistance Dog who works with our Learning Support and Wellbeing teams. He is a Labrador who comes to us from the Guide Dogs NSW therapy dogs program.

Year Advisor

Some of the roles of the Year Advisor include: 

* provide the initial point of contact for parents  

* provide liaison between parents and the school  

* support individual students through difficult times  

* provide information to assist teachers understand the practical needs of individual  students every year  

*  initiate/develop/enhance opportunities that develop and promote belonging (camps, excursions, wellbeing days)  

2020 Year Advisors;

Year 7 –   Ms Emilia Forrest & Mr G Field

Year 8 –   Mr Taylor Ross and Ms Kass Bangle

Year 9 –   Mr Peter Furey & Mrs Tiffany White

Year 10 – Mr Damian Hurley and Mrs Sarah Heffernan

Year 11 – Mrs Kaylie Newell & Ms Liz Danvers

Year 12 – Mr David Graham

Wellbeing Co-ordinators - Mr Tonks and Ms Bailey

The roles of the Wellbeing Co-ordinators include:

* lead the learning support team meeting  

* lead the student wellbeing team  

* promote positive student and staff wellbeing through   programs, interventions and referrals to appropriate professionals  

* work with families to develop plans to help students 

Chaplain

A chaplain is a mentor and a support person who can work with the school wellbeing team to access psychological support and services.  

At Irrawang High School, the chaplain supports our young people through a range of formal and informal processes. One example is Seasons for Growth, a program that educates about the cycle of grief and loss. 

Counsellors

School counsellors are qualified teachers who have a degree in psychology and post graduate qualifications in school counselling. 

They complement and enhance the work of teachers by:  

* strengthening schools' student welfare provisions

* providing psychological assessments of students with specific needs.

Administration Head Teacher

·   works with families to support student attendance

Programs at Irrawang High School include:

* Recognition of positive behaviour through the Positive   Behaviour for Learning (PBL) program

* HNE Health 

* PBL 

* Plan-It Youth 

* Backflips for bullying 

* Check and connect 

* Big Sisters 

* Breakfast club 

* Free Fruit at the canteen 

* Recognition of positive behaviour 

* Snack ‘n’ Study 

* Seasons for Growth 

* Weekly PBL class lessons 

* Peer Support

Anti-Bullying Plan

https://irrawang-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/supporting-our-students/irrawang-high-anti-bullying-plan1.html