The Student Centre is located in a building near Junior Years. The Head of Primary leads this P - 12 team. Staff on the team include: 3 Guidance Counsellors, 4 Support Teachers - Inclusive Education, and about 30 School Officers. The College can also access the professional expertise of Brisbane Catholic Education Consultants and Advisory Visiting Teachers from Education Queensland.
The Head of Primary works in a P-12 capacity to provide leadership and management in working with Student Services staff and parents to support students who are having difficulty in engaging in the curriculum in a meaningful way or experiencing social difficulties. The role has two essential components. Proactive: to develop and sustain a range of measures to support students and families in order to enhance teaching and learning; and Reactive: to work with teaching staff and specialist staff to address in a holistic way the academic, social and pastoral needs of individual students or groups of students who are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of College life.
The Support Teachers - Inclusive Education for P-12 work in partnership with staff and parents to develop support programs which meet the needs of students. Students can receive support for their learning both within the classroom setting and/or a withdrawal situation. Students are generally referred for support through teachers or parents. Older students may also personally request support for themselves at anytime. Students receiving support may have varying needs which typically include: those with specific learning disabilities, time management issues, learning difficulties, behavioural problems or medical concerns which may impact on school life.
The College staff also includes three Guidance Counsellors who work in partnership with other staff to meet the more complex needs of some students. The Counsellors’ work may include individual student counselling, social skills teaching, formal assessment of a student’s academic or behavioural skills, and planning with teachers and working with parents to consider students’ needs.
The College also has a private Speech and Language Therapist visiting during school hours each week. This service operates on a user pays system. It has the significant advantage of the therapist having regular opportunities for meeting with the class teacher and support staff. The therapist privately bills parents who choose to use this service.