Bulli High School

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Student Wellbeing

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STUDENT WELLBEING AND SUPPORT AT BULLI HIGH SCHOOL  

What is Student Wellbeing?

 All staff at Bulli High School are involved in assisting students on a personal and social level. Student Wellbeing is about providing a happy, safe place at school for all students by using proactive strategies to increase resilience. Some staff have a special role to play in this regard. 

They are the:

Year Adviser 

The Year Adviser is responsible for a particular Year. He or she monitors the progress and well-being of students from their first year in high school through to Year 12. They offer information and support to students in their Year group and keep in contact with staff and parents as needed.

The Year Adviser is the first port of call for parents and students. Deputy Principals are assigned to three year groups each and along with the Year Advisor will monitor the progress and well-being of students. They too offer information and support and keep in contact with staff and parents as needed. The Schools' Wellbeing Team is co-ordinated by Ms Robyn Lang.

Student Adviser Girls 

Girls may seek help and advice on personal matters and girl's issues at school. The Student Adviser - Girls also co-ordinates health programs such as immunisation and scoliosis assessments. Ms Tamara dal Molin is our Girls Adviser.

Student Adviser Boys 

Boys may seek help and advice on personal matters and boy's issues at school. Mr Zac McKenzie is responsible for initiating and co-ordinating programs in Boys Education and boys' wellbeing.

Any concerns regarding a student should be directed initially to the Year Adviser, who may then refer the parents or students to the appropriate persons.

School Counsellors 

School Counsellors provide confidential guidance and counselling, as well as educational and behavioural assessment. They are available to students, parents and staff for consultation on any academic, social or personal issues. All counsellors are Registered Psychologists.

Careers Adviser  

The Careers Adviser evaluates the vocational potential of students, guides and reviews job possibilities and supplies vocational information to students. Mr Richard Harding is our careers adviser.

Faculty Head Teachers (Subject Department) 

Head Teachers are available to students and parents when a student requires guidance or assistance in a particular subject.

Home School Liaison Officer 

The law in NSW concerning attendance at school is quite clear. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 years must attend school on all days the school is open unless  there are justified reasons for an absence. All absences must be explained to the school at which the child attends.

If your child's attendance at school is unsatisfactory or if there is a pattern to their non- attendance the school may refer your child to the Home School Liaison Program. This program is designed to help your child achieve and maintain a regular pattern of attendance. This may be achieved through various methods such as monitoring of daily attendance and contact with both the student and the parents.

As attendance at school is compulsory the Home School Liaison Officer will work with the student, family and the school to improve the outcome for the student.

Learning and Support Teacher 

The Learning and Support Teacher assists teachers in providing support programs and learning strategies for students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Bulli High School has a Learning and Support Teacher (LAST), who is responsible for catering to the needs of students with special learning needs. The aim of the support program at Bulli High School is to improve learning outcomes for any student who may experience difficulty with the basic skills required to effectively access the Secondary School Curriculum. The program concentrates on helping students with basic skills which will allow students to participate effectively in the school and the wider community.

The Learning and Support Teacher, with the help of the Learning Support Team and outside organisations, assesses the needs of students with learning needs and decides how these needs may best be met within the School's resources.

The Learning and Support Teacher also contacts parents, through the School Counsellor and the School Executive, to assist them in catering for the needs of their children, aid them in assisting and supporting school programs. All information received about students' learning difficulties is treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.

The support program does not focus on any one curriculum area but is concerned with basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking and calculating, applied to the entire secondary curriculum. So, while the Learning and Support Teacher may work in some curriculum areas more intensively than others, for example English, the aim of the Support Program is to provide students with skills which will improve educational outcomes in all curriculum areas.

Parents who are concerned about their child's progress in these basic skill areas are encouraged to contact the Learning and Support Teacher.

This team assess the learning needs of individual students and negotiates  appropriate learningsupport for these students.

DRUG POLICY

The school is a smoke free zone to all students, staff and community members.

Tobacco

When a student is caught smoking at school they are referred to the Deputy Principal and a letter sent home. Students caught smoking a second time may be suspended for failure to follow school policy.

Alcohol

Alcohol must not be consumed on school premises. Parents will be informed if a student is in the possession of or under the influence of alcohol. Disciplinary action will result.

Illegal Drugs

 When the use or possession of illegal substances by students is suspected, the incident will be reported to the police. The focus of any subsequent action by the school should be based on concern for the wellbeing of students, emphasising prevention and remediation rather than punitive action. Students, however, may be suspended as per the Department of Education policy.

PRESCRIBED MEDICATION

The Year Adviser must be informed in writing where prescribed or over-the-counter medicines are required at school.

Prescribed Medication Policy

At enrolment, students are encouraged to fill out a health information form. This is especially relevant to students with anaphylaxis, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes whose health needs may need to be managed at school.

Students are not permitted to bring over-the-counter medicines (eg Panadol, Aspirin) and prescribed medication to school without notifying the school.

The administration of all medications is supervised by designated staff. To enable this to occur, medication is sent to the school clearly labelled with dosage instructions and handed to the front office before school.

Students on continual medication who take doses at school supply the following to a Deputy Principal:

- a letter from a Medical Practitioner (see Appendix "Medical Advice to School") 

- updated information when the condition changes.

Students with asthma carry their own medication. A peak flow meter and a bronchodilator or puffer is located in the school's First Aid Kit.

If a student suffers from asthma, bee sting allergies, epilepsy, anaphylaxis or any other medical condition, the school must be notified and a management plan must be developedwith parent assistance. 

The school must be informed if a student comes with an epi-pen.

The school has an emergency epi-pen. Medical Plans must be updated annually.

Students who need to leave class on a regular basis for specific medical reasons will be issued with  a  red health card signed by a Deputy Principal or Student Adviser Girls or Student Adviser Boys.