Our staff are very caring of our students, and actively support their social and emotional growth. However there are issues arise which require more specialised expertise.
When children encounter issues like famil y breakdowns and separations, they benefit from c ounselling. Similarly matters of self - esteem, anxiety and similar concerns are best met by appropriately qualified support staff.
At St Patrick's we employ a counsellor from Centacare, who works at our scho ol, with our children, for one day per week. Our APRE Bianca Hodges manages referrals to our counsellor. Such referrals can be initiated by parents, staff, or in senior classes, by the students themselves. Our counsellor always seeks parental consent be fore commencing counselling, and works with parents to support their children.
We also employ Susan O'Sullivan as a Pastoral Care Worker. When the re are relationship issues within a classroom, or within a particular peer group, Susan works with the classr oom teacher, and with the people involved to resolve issues and to restore relationships. Susan has a legal background, and is particularly skilled in using restorative practices to ensure the incidence of issues like bullying are minimised, and that when they do arise, that they are dealt with thoroughly.