Mt Waverley's Best Kept Secret: Syndal South Primary School

Student Welfare Worker.

At Syndal South we are very pleased to be able to provide our Student Welfare Program. Our Student Welfare Worker, Juliette Sohee provides our students, parents and staff with one on one support where required and also offers a number of valuable programs to both students and staff. She works with students, parents and teachers to assist in meeting the challenges that arise in their daily lives. Knowing there is someone there just for you, to talk to, to listen, to encourage you can be very comforting. Children today have to deal with some very ‘grown up’ issues such as family break-up, grief, addictions, anxiety and conflict. These can be traumatic for them and affect their ability to concentrate and learn.

Access to the program is through self, parent, or teacher referral. Juliette is available as a support to both students and parents and is at the school on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please feel free to call in to school or ring Emma if you would like to have a chat with her. Alternatively a consent form can be requested from the office.

What does a Student Welfare Worker Do?

The key tasks of our student welfare worker will vary depending on the needs of our school, they could include:

  • working closely with, and/or as part of the school wellbeing committee or team to plan for and deliver student resilience and wellbeing services
  • providing students, their families and staff with support and or appropriate referrals, in difficult situations such as during times of grief or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges.
  • developing relationships with, and referring students/parents/carers to specialist services within the school as appropriate or externally under the direction of the School Principal using school referral policies
  • organising one-on-one or group sessions with students, parents, staff and other members of the school community as requested and required by the school community
  • delivering peer leadership and support programs
  • participating in school activities such as sport, camps, garden club etc.
  • contributing to school newsletters
  • reporting to school community organisations on service provision within the school community
  • attending Parent Association meetings to provide details of the Program and the services that are available
  • facilitating activities connecting students with other members of the community
  • mentoring/coaching
  • providing support and/or appropriate referral in times of grief and other critical events
  • facilitating community partnership programs between the school and the wider community.

Community Consultation and Feedback

The school is keen to ensure our Student Welfare Program is able to support the whole school community and therefore welcome feedback from parents or staff.

Feedback will be invited by the School Council through an annual survey and parents or teachers can provide feedback to the principal at any other time in writing.

Parents may choose to seek support through this program by accessing a form from the school office and they may also consider the use of the Education Department Educational Psychologist, Speech Pathologist or Social Worker as an alternative resource.

Parents with a complaint about an incident, pattern of behaviour by the student welfare worker or service or the administration of the program should address these to the Principal.