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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.  

Wellbeing Head Teacher - Mr Toby Fibbins

The roles of the Wellbeing Co-ordinator includes:

* 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 

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).

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.

Shelley Pearce is a Learning and Support Teacher (LaST) with experience in planning and delivering engaging teaching and learning programs for students with additional needs. As part of the Learning and Support team she is involved in diagnostic testing and analysis, collaboratively produces students plans for successful learning and coordinates the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).

Nicola Green is one of our Senior Mentors who is passionate about supporting our students navigate their final few years of high school. She provides senior students opportunities in their study periods to “book a mentor” session to work through assessment tasks, missed class work, study timetables as well as stress management. Nicola is a previous student of Irrawang HS and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Adv.) at the University of Newcastle."

Nathan Sultana supports senior students in their study periods providing this opportunity for students to “book a mentor” session.  Nathan is passionate about Science and is studying at uni to be a teacher. He will work with students on study time tables, organisational strategies, assessment task support as well as stress management.

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)  

2022 Year Advisors:

Year 7 - Ms Josie Scarcella & Mr Jed Molenaar

Year 8 –   Ms Jaqui Liddell & Mr Tom Stewart

Year 9 -  Mr Greg Field & Ms Marlee Byrnes

Year 10 –   Ms Kass Bangle, Mrs Lexi Peterson & Mrs Meagan Rembarz

Year 11 –   Mr Peter Furey & Mrs Tiffany White

Year 12 – Mr Damian Hurley and Mrs Sarah Heffernan

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