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Student services and support programs

Guidance officer (GO)

The Guidance officer visits our school 1 day a week to work with the administration team and  Support enrichment intervention team (SEIT) to respond to special needs in the school. Parents, students and teachers can initiate referrals to the guidance officer via the SEIT meetings where cases are prioritised.
The guidance officer will work to:
  • Identify concerns.
  • Discover ways to solve the problem.
  • Determine responsibilities.
  • Monitor change.
  • Develop a picture of how things may change when the problem is solved.
Concerns raised are usually of a behavioural and/or learning nature. Ways to solve issues cover collaborative consultation, problem-solving, counselling and contracting, teaching, referral to out-of-school agencies and assessment.

Support teacher literacy and numeracy (STLan)

The STLan is at school 5 days of the week to support class teachers with differentiation to cater for students' diverse learning needs and in the provision of programs to assist students who may experience difficulties in learning particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy. The STLan also leads the SEIT meetings.

Speech language pathologist

A speech language pathologist visits the school for a few hours each week to conduct  speech language assessments and develop programs for children experiencing difficulties in speech language development. She also liaises with staff and parents to monitor her current cases and may provide professional development to staff and parents when required.

English as a second language (ESL) students

An ESL learner describes students who are learning English as a second language. We have the services of a visiting ESL teacher for a few hours each week to recognise, identify and meet the language and learning needs of our ESL students. The program fosters self-esteem and helps students develop English literacy and language proficiency. The ESL teacher with the support of teacher aides works with students who have recently arrived from overseas as well as more advanced ESL students to cope with the demands of the mainstream curriculum.
 
Chaplain
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The role of a Chaplain:
Chaplaincy in state schools is diverse and can look different at every school. The official role description of a Chaplain from Education Queensland is: “To provide social, emotional, and spiritual support to the students, staff, and wider school community.” This statement sums up the role of a Chaplain well which is simply, providing support to the whole school in a variety of different ways. A Chaplain is not a counsellor but works closely with the other school support staff to refer students on when needed. Most schools have a Chaplaincy Committee which is made up of parents, staff, and or community members; this committee supports the Chaplain practically in many different ways. Sandgate SS currently has a joint committee with Shorncliffe SS and we are always looking for more supporters.  
What I do at Sandgate:
Every school and every Chaplain is different and provide different programs through the Chaplaincy service, these are some things that I currently do here at Sandgate.
·       Fresh Fruit Fridays – Handing out bananas every Friday 1st break to the whole school.
·       Pantry Project – Lunch box supplies and sandwiches accessible by staff for students who may need lunch for whatever reason.
·        Lunch time stories – Storytime and games with Preps or Year 1/2 students Tuesday 1st break.
·        Chappy Chest - Providing school supplies for students who may not be able to access them.
·        Group programs – Running over a series of weeks with a small group of boys or girls.
·        Facilitating the student council.
·        Attending school camps, sports days, and other extra-curricular activities or events.
·        Engaging with local community organisations such as churches and local businesses to form links with the school.
·        Classroom support – Visiting classrooms in Junior Pod supporting and building relationships with students.
·        One on one conversations – Providing a safe space and a listening ear to students over a wide range of topics or issues either once-off or an on-going basis. This is one of the biggest areas of Chaplaincy, some students might just need a bit of encouragement or someone to talk to. These ‘Chappy Chats’ can help students with motivation, family concerns, social skills, behaviour, confidence, emotions, friendship issues, and just about any topic.
·        Mentoring – Along with one on one conversations, some students benefit just from spending some time out of the classroom to play a game and chat with someone occasionally.
Currently I am working at Sandgate SS Tuesdays and Fridays and Clontarf Beach SHS Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message for me to get back to you. I am always more than happy to answer questions, listen to concerns, and provide information.