Student Engagement Team (SET)
The Deputy Principal – Student Engagement and an Executive Teacher lead the Student Engagement Team (SET). Together with the Wellbeing Coordinator, Year Coordinators, Psychologist and Youth Support Worker, the team work with students, parents, teachers, the Directorate of Education and Training and external services to keep students connected to school and engaged in the life of the school. All members of the SET are available for consultation on any matter relating to the education and wellbeing of the students.
A wing of the SET is the Targeted Support Team made up of the Deputy Principal – Student Engagement, Disability Education Contact Officer, Learning Difficulties Coordinator, Literacy Support Coordinator, Numeracy Support Coordinator and School Psychologist. This team works together to identify students requiring additional academic assistance and ensure resources are allocated to meet this need.
Year Coordinators oversee and develop a close working knowledge of the dynamics within their year group, all its sub-groups and the individual students within the groups (classes, friendship groups, tutor groups). The Year Coordinator works closely with SET leaders and their Tutor Teacher cohort to develop and implement support programs and events to support all students in their year.
Tutor Teachers, wherever possible, follow their tutor class from Year 7 to Year 10 and monitor each student’s academic and social development and is the first point of contact between students and the staff and between the school and parents. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s Tutor Teacher for information about general academic concerns and health and wellbeing concerns. The Tutor Teacher can advise who to contact for specific concerns.
The School Psychologist works in consultation with staff and agencies external to the school. Our School Psychologist works three days a week (Tuesday to Thursday at time of website update). Referral to the School Psychologist can be through direct student request, parent request but is most often through the Triage Team made up of SET members.
The Youth Support Worker (YSW) assists and supports students by providing universal programs out of class time, targeted programs for small groups needing additional support and individual support for students as determined appropriate by the Triage team. The YSW can offer support and assistance to families and has links to external support services.
Any member of the SET can be contacted through the school switch on 61423888.
Alfred Deakin High School has a unique Pastoral Care Program, providing support on the emotional, physical and social development of students. The program is age appropriate and has the flexibility to respond to emerging issues as required. The program is run through tutor groups, with daily contact each morning and a one hour session each fortnight. The program is facilitated by the Tutor Group Teachers, with support from Year Coordinators and the Pastoral Care Executive Teacher.
FLO education (Flexible Learning Option) is a new initiative at ADHS to assist students develop and extend their skills both inside the classroom and in a VET (Vocational Educational and Training) setting. FLO education is extremely successful in students obtaining VET qualifications to assist them in their chosen career pathway. The ACT Department of Education and Training provide assistance in the delivery of FLO’s such as: Hairdressing, Fitness, Construction, Community Work, Conservation, I Makeup, 3D Animation and Responsible Service of Alcohol.
Career, WEX and Transition Education is part of the formal studies of students of ADHS through the Pastoral Care Program. Modules addressing College information and work awareness skills have been established for Year 9/10 students. Students are provided with resources to assist with their education and career decisions including:
* Career Guidance
* College transition visits and interviews
* Careers Expo excursions
* Student Pathways planning
* Work experience (WEX)
* Resume and personal profile preparation
For crisis intervention or counselling, please click on the website links below which may be of assistance.
Batyr is a social enterprise that focuses on preventative education in the area of young people's mental health
Kids Help Line
Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web
www.kidshelp.com.au ph: 1800 55 1800
ReachOut is anonymous open 24/7 and filled with loads of info, stories, videos and forums where you can connect with others going through the same stuff as you.
Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation. It helps young people who are going through a tough time.
Online and telephone counselling service for young people.
Beyond Blue is an organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and related substance-use issues around Australia.
Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health services.
Call: 1311 14
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar.
The Butterfly Foundation
Dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image.
MensLine Australia is a unique telephone and online support, information and referral service helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
Sane Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness.
1800 Respect is a national Australian sexual assault and domestic family violence counseling service. There are professionals available 24/7 on the telephone and online providing crisis and trauma counseling services.
Tune In not Out
Tune In Not Out provides 24hr TV and information on life's challenges faced by young people aged 16-25, through videos, real stories, fact sheets and blogs.