Student Services

Halls Head College Student Services is an integral part of the school community. Students, staff and parents are provided with a wide variety of support with the ultimate goal of assisting students to reach their full potential.

Student Services plays an important role in improving students’ attendance, developing their interpersonal skills, addressing behavioural expectations and improving students’ learning.

The Student Services team has been set up to provide assistance to students who may be experiencing academic, vocational, social, and emotional or health concerns. The team also focuses on implementing positive pastoral care and reward incentives to recognise student achievement, attendance and behaviour.

The Student Services team are dedicated, compassionate and professional staff who are actively involved in supporting students to reach their potential.

Student Services staff are located in Block 6.

The team consists of:

Learning Team Coordinators:

Our Learning Team Coordinators play an important role in supporting and advising students and their teachers in pastoral care matters. The Learning Team Coordinators are actively involved with supporting staff, students and families to ensure student well-being and potential are being met.

Lower –Year 7 & 8 Gareth Smith
Middle -Year 9 & 10 Ron Doorn
Upper – Year 11 & 12 Christine Andrews
School Psychologist: Krystyna McGerr

The School Psychologist provides confidential support in the areas of learning, behaviour, mental health and social-emotional well-being. Some of the services offered include consultations, individual and group counselling and psychological assessment for learning difficulties or disability. The School Psychologist works with students, parents, school staff and inter-agency partners. Parents may request a referral through Learning Team Coordinators. Students are also able to make appointments through Student Services.

School Nurse Donna Stokeld

The Health Centre located in the Administration building.

The School Nurse is provided and employed by the Health Department. The nurse is here to provide students and their families with information and support on health related issues (physical and mental).

The nurse also provides support for teachers’ professional development and health education in classrooms. Appointments can be made through the school officers and the teacher’s permission is required for students to attend during class time. Students can visit the nurse during scheduled breaks or before or after school.

Youth Worker: Jane Nikora

Our Youth Worker supports students with social, emotional and mental health issues. The Youth Worker accesses external agency support via referrals and specialist programmes. Appointments can be made via Student Services.

Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) Joanne Bell

The AIEO works to support Indigenous students here at the College enabling them to succeed in their education. The AIEO liaise with parents and families and has strong connections to engagement programs like AIME, Follow the Dream and outside youth agencies including Streetnet, Peel Youth Services and Allambee. The AIEO is available Tuesday to Thursday and appointments can be made through Student Services.

Learning Support Coordinator Karen Walker

The Learning Support Coordinator links with students identified with learning difficulties and is responsible for working closely with staff to develop, implement and monitor Individual Education Plans. The LSC also accesses appropriate external agencies to support students and staff when required. The LSC is available Monday – Wednesday and appointments can be made through the school office.

Chaplain Chris Urschitz

Our chaplain offers pastoral care service to all students, families and staff which is general and non-sectarian. Contact with students and families is often related to issues such as family relationships, friendship issues and grief and loss. The Chaplain is able to provide individual counselling or group workshops. The Chaplain is available on Thursdays and appointments can be made through Student Services.

School Support Staff
Year 7 Deb Kriel
Year 8 Sarah Merks
Year 9 Chantal Brewer
Year 10 Andrea de Hoog
Year 11 Jo Plater
Year 12 Cathy McNee
Helpful links for your family’s health and safety:
Kids Helpline http://www.kidshelp.com.au/
Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au
Headspace http://headspace.org.au/
Reach Out http://au.reachout.com
Bullying No Way http://bullyingnoway.gov.au/
Cybersmart https://esafety.gov.au/
ThinkUKnow Australia http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/
Peel Youth Medical Service (PYMS) http://www.gpdownsouth.com.au/youth-health/
Peel Youth Services http://www.peelyouthservices.com.au/
Mental Health Emergency Response Line http://www.nmahsmh.health.wa.gov.au/emergency/
 Dyslexia SPELD Foundation https://dsf.net.au/