LEEMING SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
At Leeming Senior High School we have two School Chaplains, Mr Carl Hough and Ms Bettina Carter. This is not a religious role, rather a pastoral care role that respects the rights of individuals and their belief systems.
The Chaplains are always available to help support students and families with any problems or concerns. Their offices are located in the Students Services building and can provide a listening ear and a caring presence in a time of need. Both Ms Carter and Mr Hough have a passion for helping students and support them through the school year. As well as offering one-on-one support they organise workshops and activities for our students.
They are friendly, kind and non-judgemental so that students can feel safe approaching them to ask for help or just have a chat.
Healthcare & Nursing
A Community Nurse works at Leeming Senior High School 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday 8.15 am – 4.15 pm.
The nurse’s core role is to provide health education and health promotion within the school. The main focus of the nurse’s role is to foster self-responsibility so that students are empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices. Other aspects of the nurse’s role involve monitoring those students with chronic illness, acting as a resource person for staff and students and encouraging health promotion within the school and the wider community. The school health nurse may carry out health assessments and provide information, advice, referrals and support for students. The support encourages development of knowledge, skills and behaviour, and encourages the young person to deal with their health issue (s) and make healthy lifestyle choices. Individual students can seek information, guidance and support about a range of issues.
The school health nurse encourages and supports young people to talk to their parent or guardians about significant health issues.
Upon enrolment parents/carers will be asked to complete health questions and return to the school. This provides the nurse with information on any health issues or concerns. Action plans for conditions such as Anaphylaxis or Asthma also need to be provided to the school.
Parents, carers and students are reminded that the nurse is NOT allowed to give paracetamol or other medication to students. Parents, carers and students are reminded that they can bring a dose of paracetamol to school to take if you have pain. E.g. Headache, period pain, toothache, etc.
In the event of an emergency and if deemed necessary, an ambulance will be called for your child. The cost of this will be the responsibility of the parents or carers. The school encourages families to have ambulance cover.
The nurse is happy to speak to any parent who has any health or wellbeing concerns for their child.
It is important that you update the school when medical information or contact details change. This includes home, mobile and emergency contact phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Please update the health information where necessary during your child’s years at Leeming Senior High School.
Immunisation will take place at school as per government protocols.
A photocopy of the student’s immunisation should be attached to the health record card where possible. The ‘ Measles School Exclusion Policy’ states that if a child is not immunised against measles and a case occurs, the non-immunised child can be excluded from school for 14 days unless immunised within 72 hours of contact with the patient. If the school has no proof exclusion will occur until proof is provided.
It is advised to keep a copy of all immunisations for your record.
For the full Department of Education Policy please view the link below:
The school highly recommends that students be covered by a 24-hour Personal Accident Insurance policy that is provided by a number of companies. The school is NOT responsible for the cost of an ambulance should one be deemed necessary.
Students are encouraged to care for their skin by wearing appropriate clothing (including hats) and using sunscreen creams or lotions when out in the sun. Appropriate sunglasses should be worn. Hats or caps should be worn outside but should not be worn inside buildings within the school. Applying sunscreen prior to school is a worthwhile life long habit.
The School Psychologist assists students to have the most positive experience of school life here at Leeming Senior High School. School Psychologists have an understanding of how people think, feel, behave and react. They provide support to schools in the areas of mental health, learning, behaviour, and critical incidents. Referrals are provided to external practitioners and agencies if further assessment and intervention is required.
The School Psychologist at Leeming Senior High School is also involved with the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing through Positive Behaviour Support; the Act, Belong, Commit initiative; and RUOK day. All School Psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
Student Services Managers
At Leeming Senior High School there are three Student Services Managers who work collaboratively with teaching and non-teaching personnel, students, families, and the wider community to promote harmony and excellence within our school community.
The Student Services Managers liaise with a broad ranging (on-site) Student Services support team that comprises:
- A School Psychologist
- A School Nurse
- Two School Chaplains
- Two Student at Educational Risk Coordinators and
- Six Year Coordinators (one per year group)
The Student Services Managers also engage external providers on a needs basis to underpin the necessary levels of support to enable all students to reach their potential.
The Student Services Managers’ specific roles align with three key transition points through a student’s high school journey:
- Year 7-8 Student Services Manager – Mrs Karen Jolly: Transition from Primary School to Lower Secondary Schooling;
- Year 9-10 Student Services Manager – Mrs Julie-Ann Ford: Transition from Lower Secondary Schooling to Senior Secondary Pathways;
- Year 11-12 Student Services Manager – Mr Vance Bryan: Senior School Engagement and Transition to Post-Schooling Destinations.
Students at Educational Risk (SAER)
- Cross curricula support and coordination for identified students/staff through negotiated learning programmes
- Identification, testing and strategic cross curricula programming support and reviews
- Coordination of specific learning programmes eg Literacy and remedial reading, visiting teachers for students with disabilities, volunteer mentor coordination
- Coordination of teacher assistant resources for students with special need
- Collaboration with School Psychologist for Schools plus resourcing application
- Modelling & promoting awareness & innovation of special needs issues
- NAPLAN preparation support;
- Promotion of relevant DET policies regarding inclusion, disabilities.