Understanding Mental Health
Youth Focus Parent Forum Monday, 19 June 2017
It has never been more important for parents to have an understanding of Mental Health. Beyondblue recently reported that 1 in 4 young Australians experience some form of mental health condition.
On Monday 19 June 2017, Youth Focus, a leading service provider in youth mental health, presented an information session designed to increase awareness around common mental health issues young people face with particular focus on depression and anxiety.
Youth Focus is a not for profit WA organisation that supports vulnerable young people and their families across Western Australia by offering free non time limited professional counselling in schools and offices throughout the state. Their mission is to put a stop to youth suicide, depression and self-harm and a key strategy in this, is the provision of mental health training across the broad spectrum.
Youth Focus counsellors help young people build resilience and empower them with the tools to navigate periods of mental health issues now and in the future.
You may download information from the session via Youth Focus Mental Health Fact Sheets
Student wellbeing in Secondary School
The pastoral system at Swan Valley Anglican Community School aims to provide high-level support to enable each student to reach his or her potential.
Each student belongs to a Pastoral Care Group (PCG) of similar-aged peers. The PCG Tutor plays an extremely important, multi-faceted, role in providing day-to-day pastoral care.
The Tutor sees each student on two occasions every day: for a brief morning registration period and a longer “Tutorial” session in the afternoon when a personal, social and emotional education program is taught, including study skills. The Tutorial also provides time for tutors to monitor each student’s academic progress through formal diary signing and informal discussion.
Each Tutor acts as an advocate for every student in the group by liaising with subject teachers when support is needed. The Tutor also provides the primary channel for communication between School and home and vice versa.
By building the Tutor-student relationship through the above roles, families and the School are confident that there is at least one person who has excellent depth of knowledge about each student and a good understanding of his or her overall progress through the School.
In the first instance a parent may contact their child’s tutor with any concerns about academic progress, social and emotional issues or any issues that might impact on their child’s School life.
Each Pastoral Care Group is aligned with a House. Each House has a House Leader who supports the PCG Tutor and students who have more specific pastoral needs. A Head of House oversees the entire pastoral program to ensure the very best programs and care are provided to each and every child. The final element to our pastoral system is the School Chaplain, Lay Chaplain and School psychologist.
To enable greater vertical cohesion, the School is grouped into four houses, Irwin, Moore, Stirling and Waylen. Competitions at various times in the year seek to enhance the sense of belonging to a student’s house and rivalry is unashamedly encouraged!
The four houses are named after outstanding Western Australians, Frederick Chidley Irwin, George Fletcher Moore, Sir James Stirling and Dr and Mrs Waylen. Please follow the link for more information
Each House is allocated a House Leader who oversees the pastoral needs of this group and leads the Pastoral Care Tutors. Our Head of House provides additional support to this team.
To learn more about the Swan Valley Anglican Community School Houses, follow SVACS House Descriptions
The Senior School House system plays an integral part in the pastoral care program at Swan Valley Anglican Community School. In fact it revolves around it. House Leaders are the driving force behind the House program, which includes inter-house competitions, assemblies and our credit system.
House activities foster healthy competition between the four Houses, whilst forming a team bond across all year groups. They are varied to create a fair playing field including quizzes, sporting and art competitions and come in various forms such as day carnivals or activities which occur within our Pastoral Care Group class time.
The School’s credit program is tied into the House system with House points allocated for students who display our core values through positive behaviour, service and performance.
Houses compete for the right to hold The Leadbetter Cup (winning House) and the House Spirit Trophy at the conclusion of each academic year.