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Student services and support programs

At Southport, the

Support Teacher – Literacy and Numeracy:

  • Identifies students with learning difficulties and learning disabilities
  • Assists teachers with modifications to the curriculum
  • Liaises with various parties involved to gather data
  • Develops and implements and assists with monitoring the support plan in collaboration with the class teacher/s (goals, modifications to strategies, assessment techniques, resources, management)
  • Refers a student for review of the program type if required
  • Refers students to other specialist teachers or outside agencies
  • Attends case conferences with various parties involved
  • Liaises with high schools for transition of students
  • Writes detailed reports for outside agencies
  • Purchasing resources to meet children's needs and professional development of teachers
 

Guidance Officer

The department's vision for a creative and clever Queensland is built on a quality education system and is supported through comprehensive guidance and counselling services for students and their families.

Guidance officers are committed to providing quality education services to enhance the education opportunities for every young Queenslander within our primary, secondary and special schools.

What do they do?

Guidance officers work closely with students and their families, teachers, non-teaching professionals and in some instances departmental agencies and authorities. They do this in order to provide a wide range of support to students. A guidance officer's responsibilities include:

  • working directly with students and teachers, support personnel, family and other specialists/professionals
  • providing guidance and counselling services to students and their families
  • performing case management and referral services to optimise students' access and engagement in education
  • preparing and implementing professional and personal skill development programs for administrators, teachers and parents
  • working collaboratively with other school-based support personnel to assess and address the needs of students
  • planning or assisting in planning support programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes
  • identifying factors that can be barriers to the learning and development of students
  • supporting the personal and social development of students
  • providing advice about education and career pathways.

Please contact our Guidance Officer Melinda Gordon Monday - Wednesday via our link Contactus or Email: mgord19@eq.edu.au.   

Chaplaincy

SU QLD chaplains, or 'chappies', 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 drug abuse, depression and anxiety. 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.

More than ever before, Australian children are experiencing family problems, confusing relationships, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying and depression.

  • They are a support conduit – connecting students (and school staff) to specialist services in the community such as welfare groups, counselling services, medical services and community groups in consultation with School Principals.
  • They build relationships with students (and staff). They are a trusted adult in the playground and in the classroom – offering a listening ear to students who want to share their problems and experiences.
  • Their role is to contribute to the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the school community.
  • They are seen by students as an adult who is not a part of the school’s authority structure.

What do school chaplains do?

SU QLD 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 drug abuse, depression and suicide. 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.

Further information about Chaplaincy can be obtained from

School Chaplaincy - SU QLD Website