Nothcote High School

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LEARNING

Student Services

Northcote High School promotes the development of the each student by placing emphasis on personal development, self-esteem and social responsibility.

 

We encourage all our students to participate in our rich co-curriculum program that includes international connections and to demonstrate courteous, articulate and thoughtful attitudes toward themselves, others and their study.

 

In a caring environment of respect and achievement, diversity and effort are valued and students, teachers and parents work together as a community.

 

Activities undertaken to support student wellbeing range from creating a positive and supportive learning environment to intervention in the form of individual counseling and referral to appropriate services including crisis intervention where necessary.

 

Connect program

 

Students learn best when they feel happy, engaged, connected, healthy and safe. The pastoral care (also referred to as the Connect program) at NHS is designed to provide students with an environment and resources that will support learning, social skills and academic success. The Head of Student Services and the three Sub-school Heads are responsible for this program and will work with the Year Level Program Leaders in this role.

 

The Home Group Tutor works with each form group to promote a supportive environment of respect and achievement where all students within their care feel confident in their pursuit of educational excellence. The Tutor also participates in the specific year level experiences such as camps and focuses on building relationships with individual students. They are the first port of call for teachers and parents regarding individual student’s wellbeing and they are available to counsel and assist students with their goals and specific issues.

 

In providing a positive, safe and supportive school environment Northcote High School aims to:

  • Promote positive relationships based on mutual respect throughout the school community, in particular between students and staff, student and with student.
  • Recognise the diverse needs of young people and promote inclusiveness in all aspects of school life.
  • Identify issues and concerns confronting young people and provide a range of appropriate programs and services for students, which includes primary prevention programs and intervention strategies in the case of activities deemed to be detrimental to group or individual wellbeing.
  • Create an environment where students who present with problems and concerns are able to access support.
  • Provide counseling, referral and confidentiality as appropriate.
  • Provide professional development for staff to support them in dealing with issues of student wellbeing.

Other Initiatives

 

Peer Support program

The transition of students from Grade 6 into Year 7 is very exciting, but can also be difficult to navigate. To support new student the Student Services team leads the implementation of the Peer Support Leaders program. In the program two Year 10 Peer Support Leaders are allocated to each year 7 group. The peer support leaders attend all the school's orientation activities with their class, attend the Year 7 class at least once a week, attend the excursions and camps their year 7 group is involved in and coordinate activities for the Year 7s such as the annual inter-class Footsal tournament and BBQs. The peer support leaders also attend the Yr7 family picnic in term 1 to meet the families of their buddies. 

 

Peer Support at NHS is not a token program. It is led by the students and is regarded as a significant leadership opportunity and responsibility for the Year 10 students. Our Peer Support leaders are passionate and active members of the community and contribute to the excellent results NHS has in terms of student connectedness on the annual DEECD Student Survey.

 

Rainbow Day / IDAHOT day

Rainbow Day celebrates diversity at NHS and is a means through which the school community demonstrates the value of inclusion, tolerance and harmony. 2014 Rainbow Day was student led and students connected with the Art and Design faculty and community artists to create a range of art installations around the school and on the St Georges Road frontage to celebrate diversity. IDAHOT stands for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Our students are committed to publically celebrating all students and creating inclusive environments for everyone.

 

Teen Mental Health First Aid

This collaborative research project with the University of Melbourne (School of Medicine) will engage year 10 students in Mental Health First Aid Training. The project is approved by the University and DEECD ethics committees and will pilot a program that will be offered to other schools in the future. It is an exciting opportunity to be on the forefront of initiatives that are demystifying Mental Health and empowering young people to know about mental health and know how to support other young people in the community.

 

Student Services team

Head of Student Services: Ms Katie Archibald

 

Student Wellbeing Team:

  • Mr Paul Giddy (Year 7 and 8)
  • Ms Kirby Mackrill (Year 9 and 10)
  • Ms Cathy Lester (Year 11 and 12)

Student Careers and Pathways Team:

  • Ms Kylie Witt (Careers Counselor)
  • Martin Ramsay (VET & Pathways Coordinator)

Student Support Service Practitioners:

  • Ms Kirby Mackrill (Program for Students with Disabilities)
  • Ms Jessica Kelly  (Health Promotion Nurse)
  • Ms Jana Andrews (Educational Psychologist)

Note: if you have queries regarding the University of Melbourne / NHS Teen Mental Health First Aid - Key contact Katie Archibald or Jane Lange

This collaborative research project with the University of Melbourne (School of Medicine) will engage year 10 students in Mental Health First Aid Training. The project is approved by the University and DEECD ethics committees and will pilot a program that will be offered to other schools in the future. It is an exciting opportunity to be on the forefront of initiatives that are demystifying Mental Health and empowering young people to know about mental health and know how to support other young people in the community.