Pastoral Care and the Student Welfare Officer
MECS has a Student Welfare Officer as an integral part of its
approach to pastoral care. Class teachers take the lead and are the
‘first port of call’ for students with regard to pastoral care. This is
because they have the unique situation of regular and deeper
relationship with a specific number of students. Class teachers should
refer more intense or personal issues to the relevant Coordinator or
Student Welfare Officer.
The Student Welfare Officer is a
qualified counsellor who deals with more serious issues, including grief
and loss; emotional/social issues; restorative counselling practice;
individual and family mediation; anger management; dependency issues and
resiliency programs; and general counselling.
Student use of the Student Welfare Officer’s services is entirely voluntary.
Coordinators, Executive and teachers can refer students to the
SWO through the referral system. Students are not free to make their own
arrangements. The SWO will keep relevant people informed of details
that would be helpful for them to be aware of.
In case of complaints regarding the services of the Student Welfare Officer, students or parents should refer to the Principal.
We always welcome feedback on the Student Welfare Officer and her
work. In fact we routinely gather this each year for our student report
to the Board. Please send that feedback through the main office.
Acknowledgement: This Student Welfare Officer at Ranges TEC is funded by
the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student