All our staff across Baden Powell College are committed to supporting students with their personal wellbeing, whether it be physical, emotional, social or academic. We are committed to building a secure learning environment where all students feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe.
For more targeted support we have a team to assist students to address their individual needs.
The wellbeing team meets with parents, talks to students individually and in small restorative groups, works with students who have learning difficulties and liaises with outside agencies and community services who are supporting the students and families who attend Baden Powell College.
Helen Voysey and Sarah Hamilton coordinate the Program for Students with a Disability. Helen coordinates the Prep - Grade 4 students across both campuses, and Sarah coordinates the Grade 5 - Year 9 students at each campus. They both work closely with Education Support Officers who support these students daily in the classroom. Sarah is also responsible for the support and welfare of the students in years 7 - 9.
Sam Mahoney our Social Worker provides individual and group support, parent support and consultation, and linkage to community services.
Individual work includes career planning, counselling, anger management, social skills, conflict resolution, physical and mental health support, school attendance and linkage to community services.
Group Programs include social skills groups, conflict resolution, anger management, grief and loss, and teenage specific programs. There are numerous services in our community that are available to assist families, many free or low cost. The Student Wellbeing team at Baden Powell College is a good starting point. Through parent consultations; allied health professionals can be accessed such as doctors, pediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, behavioral optometrists, counsellors, and specialised educational services.
Additional supports also include mental health services, family support services, parenting assistance, financial assistance, legal information and advocacy, and disability services. The Social Worker at Baden Powell College is a free service and information provided is kept private and confidential.
In addition, through our school student wellbeing team, students and families at Baden Powell College can access additional support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families, or families from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Background. Please contact your class teacher or a member of leadership or wellbeing, for additional information.
The Speech Pathology program is a successful program which runs across both the Derrimut Heath and Tarneit Campuses. It assists students with communication difficulties including articulation, language, phonological awareness and social complications. Articulation sessions are 1:1 with parents and are administered by myself, Tahlia Clarke, the school’s Speech Pathologist with the aim of correcting the child’s speech sound errors. The language programs are administered on a weekly basis by our Speech Therapy Assistants, Mrs Phyllis Mifsud and Mrs Kylie Drummond who administer the program to small groups of students who have similar language and communication difficulties.
In term 2 and 3 SPOT (speech & occupational therapy) programs run in Prep classes on a weekly basis focusing on comprehension of instructions and concept development with the Speech Pathologist, Tahlia Clarke and on gross and fine motor skill development with Occupational Therapist, Rebecca Christy.
A Playing and Learning to Socialise (PALS) program for selected Preps is offered in Term 3 and 4. The skills taught include:
The SPOT (Speech Pathology & Occupational Therapy) program is also run across both campuses by our Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. The program is run for selected grade prep student and focuses on a combination of skills important for success at school including basic language concepts and gross motor skills. Basic concepts are required for language development and overall learning. A child is required to understand a specific concept in order to follow a direction and complete the task. Gross motor skills are also an essential skill for student development; they stabilise and control movements of the body providing a platform to perform fine motor task with ease. Gross motor activities were also incorporated into the program to support students learning of the basic concepts.
The PALS (Playing and Learning to Socialise) program is another program run across both campuses by our Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. PALS is a 9-week program run within the classroom that focuses on greeting others, listening, sharing, taking turns, managing emotions and problem-solving. Learning social skills like these in early childhood is just as important as learning numeracy and literacy and is of the utmost importance for children’s future development.
The PALS Social Skill Program aims to: