Pastoral Care and the Student Welfare Officer

MECS has two Student Welfare Officers 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 a 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 Officers are qualified counsellors who deal 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 Officers and their work. In fact, we routinely gather this each year for our student report to the Board. Please send that feedback through the main office.

Acknowledgment: 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 Welfare Program.