Student wellbeing and pastoral care at The Anglican School Googong is founded on the principles of grace, mercy, justice, kindness and humility, and through this the ultimate goal is the full restoration of relationships. The active support of all members of the School community including students, families and staff is required to support the wellbeing of our students.
As a part of the TASG community, students are expected to be kind and respectful to all, and engage with others with grace and humility.
Our pastoral aim is to foster a community where:
- Students will explore their gifts and talents and find areas in which they can excel
- Relationships are based on love, acceptance and servant leadership
- Student behaviour is appropriate and consistent, and where consequences are just, progressive and predictable
- Opportunity for the development of student leadership is promoted
- Staff model positive relationships and interactions with all
- Students lead, mentor, support and partner with other students
- Parents work in partnership with the school
The Chaplain’s focus is to support the students in their social and emotional development as well as share the gospel through Chapel and Christian Inquiry lessons. The Queanbeyan District Anglican Church also supports the school with the provision of additional chaplaincy services to the school community.
The school works closely with parents and other educational and medical professionals to provide support for specific students. The school has a number of privately practicing Occupational and Speech therapists who attend the school on a regular basis, providing support for individual students.
The School employs a counsellor who is available to students during the school week. The counsellor provides support for students and families as needed. The counsellor also works alongside teaching staff, recommending a range of strategies to help students engage with their learning.
Students may access the counsellor by self-referral (Senior School) or by referral from a teacher or parent (Junior School). Students who would like to meet with the counsellor, can talk with their Narragunnawali (class) teacher or the Head of School to arrange an appointment. Urgent issues should be raised with the Head of School or Principal in the first instance so an emergency appointment time can be arranged.
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 – A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Also has information on issues facing young people today. E-mail and online counselling can be accessed through www.kidshelp.com.au
Lifeline: 13 11 14 is another confidential telephone counselling service.
www.youthbeyondblue.com – fact sheets, information and blogs/videos about issues that affect young people, basic strategies to manage anxiety and depression and information about where to seek further help.
www.reachout.com – information and support for young people going through tough times.
www.headspace.org.au – information on drugs and alcohol, mental health, cyber bullying, stories from others who have gone through some tough times.
www.ecouch.anu.edu.au – a self help program that teaches skills to manage difficult times for people struggling with anxiety and depression.
www.moodgym.com.au – an interactive program that helps to prevent and manage depressive symptoms by changing unhelpful thinking patterns.