Our school benefits from the services of a Guidance
Officer, Mrs Nicole Russon. The role of a guidance officer is to support the
academic, social and emotional wellbeing of all students.
Guidance officers are able to carry out observations,
conduct a variety of assessments, run both individual and group counselling
sessions, offer advice to parents, conduct case meetings, refer and liaise with
external specialists and community support agencies, implement social and
emotional learning programs and work closely with classroom teachers to develop
intervention programs and strategies for students.
The guidance officer is available Monday – Friday
through email, phone call or by appointment.
School Chaplaincy is another optional service that is
offered at Norfolk Village State School. Our School Chaplain, Caleb Jones, is
employed two days per week to assist students and other members of the school
community with a wide range issues that may be experienced.
From time to time we all
go through challenging circumstances, and a mature and positive adult can
greatly assist a person’s capacity to cope. In our school we have a variety of
services available, and School Chaplaincy is designed to complement the suite
of these other services.
School Chaplains provide
spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the
prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal
with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness to abuse and
self-harming. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in
crisis and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff
and parents in school communities. The School Chaplaincy service is not
compulsory and can provided with or without the spiritual support aspect – as
indicated on the permission form.
In 2009 a national study
into the effectiveness of chaplaincy in government schools found that 98% of
principals surveyed said that chaplaincy was making a major contribution
to school morale; it was proactive, unique, effective and important.
If you would like to
access the services of the School Chaplain for your child, please print the
permission form and submit the completed form to the office or School Chaplain.
For any further enquiries about how this voluntary service works, please
contact the School Chaplain or Deputy Principal/Principal.