The school guidance counselling service is administered by a professionally trained School Guidance Counsellor. The SGC, as part of a school team, focuses primarily on the personal and social, educational and vocational development of his/her students. The aim of the service is to professionally answer the guidance and counselling needs of the student (the central figure in the learning process) in the context of the overall school mission. (School mission statement included)
Protocol for Meetings
Meeting with students are all made by appointment. Students make appointments during lunchtime guidance sessions. The class teacher has the right to refuse a student to leave for an appointment. If a teacher refuses the appointment is rescheduled. Students are signed out by the subject teacher at the time of the appointment. Teachers may also refer the students to the guidance counsellor. The guidance Counsellor is briefed by the teacher and a plan of action negotiated.
Parents/Guardians make appointments with the Guidance Counsellor by telephoning the school. Appointments are conducted during the school day. All parties are requested to inform each other if a cancellation is necessary. On occasion the guidance Counsellor may request another staff member e.g. Vice Principal, Principal or Year Head to be present at the meeting. The student is always invited in for whole or part of the meeting with approval of parent or guardian. This gives the student responsibility, ownership and inclusion in the meetings outcome. Notes are kept at all meeting by the guidance counsellor.