Sefton High School

Sincerity Scholarship Service

Telephone02 9644 4800

Emailsefton-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Student Support

Student Support

Staff with welfare roles in the school are

 

Principal - Mr K Humphreys 

Deputy Principals -

Years 7, 9 11 - Mr B Dimopoulos 

Years 8, 10, 12 - Mr B Blaker

 

Head Teacher Student Welfare - Mr M Beggs

 

School Counsellor - Ms I Christiansen

 

Year Advisers

Year 12 - Ms N Hillier

Year 11 - Mr J Lu

Year 10 - Mr B Atton

Year 9 - Ms I Kacopieros

Year 8 - Ms L Castino

Year 7 - Ms L Wood

 

Peer Support Coordinator - Ms B Auzins

 

Student Mentoring Coordinator - Mr D Cree

 

Prefect Coordinator - Mr M Beggs

 

Student Representative Council Coordinator - Ms T Frasca

 

The school’s student welfare programs operate across the whole school and at both preventative and remedial levels. A referral system exists for staff to raise any concerns they have about individual students’ health, learning, conduct or general welfare. These referrals are reviewed on a weekly basis at the Learning Support Team meeting. School attendance figures are excellent at Sefton High School. If students are away, individual families may be contacted by the Head Teacher Student Welfare. Parents are encouraged to contact the school when their child is absent and to follow up with a letter of explanation on the day the child returns to school.

 

ROLES OF PERSONNEL

 

HEAD TEACHER STUDENT WELFARE

  • The Head Teacher Student Welfare oversees a range of student support programs.
  • A student and/or parent can contact the Head Teacher Student Welfare to discuss issues of concern.

 

SCHOOL COUNSELLOR

  • If students and/or parents wish to see the School Counsellor they may do so by contacting her before school, at recess or lunchtime to make an appointment. Messages can be left at the Administration Office asking for a counsellor to make contact.

 

YEAR ADVISERS

  • The Year Adviser has special responsibility for a particular year. As far as possible the Year Advisers stay with their cohortfor six years.
  • A student and/or parent can contact the Year Adviser to discuss issues of concern about a school matter. Year Advisers conduct a review of Mid Year reports and may conduct interviews with students about their progress.
  • Year Advisers coordinate fund raising event/s for charity, if the students wish to hold one. They also organise camps for Years 7, 9 and 11.

 

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS

 

LITERACY, NUMERACY AND ESL

All teachers monitor students’ progress throughout the year and as a result students in need may be given additional support to improve their skills by the Learning and Support Teacher.

 

PEER SUPPORT

This is a program in which trained Year 11 students assist Year 7 students in the process of settling into secondary school. It involves weekly meetings in groups in Term 1. Year 7 and the Year 11 Peer Support team also spend a day together at the Peer Support Picnic.  All Year 10 students are trained to be Peer Support Leaders and then a team is chosen to fulfil the role in Year 11.

 

LIFE READY

This is a mandatory 25-hour DET course designed to prepare and support senior students as they encounter situations related to health and safety as they become more independent and gain more responsibilities. It focuses on offering opporunities for students to build the functional knowlwge and skills for life post school.

 

ANTI-RACISM POLICY

Racist behaviour is not acceptable in this school. If a student feels that a member of the school community is behaving in a racist manner then he/she should talk to the Year Adviser, Deputy Principal or Principal or the school’s Anti-Racism Contact Officer, Mr Dimopoulos.

If a parent believes that a member of the school community is behaving in a racist manner then he/she should contact the Principal or the Deputy Principal. They will organise for the matter to be looked into and addressed.

 

ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM

The aim at Sefton High School is to provide an environment free of all forms of bullying and harassment. Programs have been established to assist in achieving this goal.

If a student feels he/she is being bullied or harassed by another student the student should report the situation to his/her Year Adviser or the Deputy Principal so that this situation can be assessed and addressed.

If a parent believes that a student is being subjected to bullying or harassment, he/she should report this to the Principal or Deputy Principal who will organise for the matter to be assessed and addressed.

The anti-bullying program is taught through Study Skills and PDHPE. The anti bullying message is reinforced through plays such as “The Hurting Game” and “Verbal Combat” performed by Brainstorm Productions for the junior years. A three stage Bullying Rehabilitation program run by the Head Teacher Student Welfare is in place in case bullying occurs. Parents will be informed if their child is required to engage in this program.

 

ETHICAL SCHOLARSHIP COURSE: All My Own Work

This is a compulsory course for Year 10 which further develops students’ understanding of how to take responsibility for ensuring that their work is their own original work. This course must be completed for a student to be eligible to be entered for the Higher School Certificate.

 

HSC PREPARATION SESSIONS

These are run for Year 12 to address issues such as time and stress management and provide guidance and tips on doing one’s best in examinations. Students are given a booklet which has been developed by the school to help them be better prepared for the HSC.

 

SCHOOL CAMPS

These are run in Years 7, 9 and 11. They provide for the development of social skills, physical challenges and opportunities for a mixing of all the students in a year so they may get to know each other better, fostering harmonious relationships.

 

STUDENT MENTORING PROGRAM

Students who need extra support may be referred to the Student Mentoring Program in which a student meets with a specially trained teacher on a fortnightly basis. This can assist the student with organisation and communication skills.

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL

The Student Representative Council is an elected body of students across Years 7 to 11 who organise a range of whole-school activities for student enjoyment and fundraising for various charities.

 

PREFECTS

The prefects  are elected by their Year cohort and teachers. These students gain experience in leadership and are role models for the other students. They raise funds for charities and assist the school in various ways.

 

SPORT HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES

House Captains (Year 12), Vice Captains (Year 11) and Year Representatives (Years 7-10) gain experience in leadership and assist in the organisation of school sporting and other competitions.

 

SCHOOL ASSISTANCE SQUAD (SAS)

This provides an opportunity for in-school work experience. These Year 9 and 10 students assist with a range of tasks around the school when needed.

 

 

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.

Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:

  • school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
  • supporting individual students who need help with health issues
  • providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.

Student wellbeing

Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.

The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.

The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.