Support Programs

Student Welfare Program (previously referred to as the Chaplaincy Program)

 

In June 2008 St Monica’s received an Australian Government grant as part of the National Chaplaincy program.  This program and has enabled the school to employ an additional staff member for 10 hours per week to work with staff, children and parents on a range of programs. Following a successful applications in 2011 St Monica's received funding for a further three years.

 

The main areas of focus for the program at St Monica’s are to

 

School Counsellor

A counsellor from CatholicCare visits the school for 5 hours each week. The role of the counsellor is to provide students, parents and teachers with the opportunity to seek advice or assistance with family, social or behavioural concerns. Parents may request an interview with the counsellor or a teacher may refer a child following consultation with the parents who provided written permission. It is CatholicCare and our school policy to seek parental permission before a child can access this service. Click here to read nmore about this service

 

Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is an educational program for small groups of children whose parents have give approval for a trained adult companion to facilitate the exploration of feeling and memories associated with loss and grief.

 

The program is based on the belief that grief is a normal and valuable part of life and that children and adolescents need to be provided with the opportunity to examine how grief, as a result of death, separation or divorce, has impacted on their lives.

 

The program for primary aged children consists of three developmental levels. Each level consists of eight sessions that explore issues such as change, loss, managing feelings, coping strategies and support networks. The program concludes with a celebration session with the children ‘reconnecting’ twice during the latter part of the year to discuss further issues that may have arisen.

 

Seasons for Growth encourages young people to value who they are, to modify their thinking, attitudes and beliefs about life and to take charge of their behaviours. Through the learning process, participants acquire and practise new skills, learn ways of thinking and explore more effective ways of coping with change and loss that they have experienced in their lives.