LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH

Supported by the Sandhurst Catholic Education Office, we have a Speech Pathologist who works with our students and teachers one day per week. Our Speech Pathologist assists with individual students, small groups, and classroom teachers in implementing intervention strategies to support students with speech or language issues.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & SPORT

Students at St Mary’s are engaged in at least two hours of Physical Education per week. This usually occurs in a one-hour Bluearth session, and a one-hour sport focussed session. Physical education lessons focus on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in a variety of situations. Our programs offer students an experience that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.

 

For many years, St Mary’s has supported students who excel in all a broad range of sports. We offer these students the opportunity to compete at the Ovens and Mitta Zone sports in a variety of disciplines, including athletics, cross-country running, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis and cricket.

 

Each year, St Mary’s participates in the Interschool Sports program. This program is for students from Years Four - Six. Together with surrounding schools from the Ovens Valley, students attend the McNamara Reserve in Myrtleford to play umpired games of football and netball. Although this program is open to students of all abilities, it is designed to target students who have not previously participated in organised games of football or netball before.

 

The Myrtleford Alpine Race Team (MART) is a school based ski and snowboard program for families looking to enhance their skiing and snowboarding skills. This program is comprised of the three Myrtleford schools: St Mary’s Primary School, Marian College and the Myrtleford P-12 College. It is an eight-day program that runs over 6 weeks, and offers excellent value for money.

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Supported by the Sandhurst Catholic Education Office, we have a Speech Pathologist who works with our students and teachers one day per week. Our Speech Pathologist assists with individual students, small groups, and classroom teachers in implementing intervention strategies to support students with speech or language issues.

NATIONAL SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY & STUDENT WELFARE PROGRAM

Our school receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). The aim of this funding is to assist schools to provide pastoral wellbeing services to support students, staff and the school community.

 

The NSCSWP Worker has three main roles:

 

1. A Pastoral Role

The NSCSWP Worker will:

  • Participate in a wide range of school community activities and support staff to contribute to creating a caring and inclusive learning environment within the school.

  • On request, provide initial support or information to students, staff and other school community members.

  • With written, informed parental consent, provide ongoing personal assistance with individual students, subject to duty of care, consent, confidentiality and disclosure requirements and the code of conduct.

  • Offer support or information with regard to critical situations, grief or family breakdown.

  • Be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families.

  • Provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported.

2. A Referral Role 

The NSCSWP Worker will:

  • Provide factual and impartial information about, network with, and be a link to, the support and services provided through community groups, local council and government agencies.

  • Consult and liaise with student counsellors and other staff about student safety, wellbeing or learning while maintaining appropriate confidentiality, and referring students to other staff as required.

  • Be a mandated notifier, and thus be required to report any suspected abuse or neglect as required by state legislation.

3. A Resource Role 

The NSCSWP Worker will:

  • Provide a reference point for addressing social issues.

  • Provide access to resources from the broader community which are relevant to school programs.

  • Be available to give input into health and social education courses (e.g. in the areas of grief, self-esteem, values or relationships).

  • Be available to give assistance with camps and excursions, and, where appropriate, initiate activities such as voluntary clubs or groups in the school.

  • Support groups such as the Student Representative Council and the Peer Support Program.

 

Notes

  • This service offered by the NSCSWP Worker is accessed by school community members on a voluntary basis.

  • The NSCSWP Worker is managed by a school leader and complements, enhances and collaborates with the school well-being team, counsellors, other school support staff, etc.

  • A Grievance Procedure for any formal complaint is available from the School Principal.

 

Disclaimer 

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education

 

Acknowledgement

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplain Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP).

PASTORAL WELLBEING STAFF

Chaplain

DOCUMENTS

43 O'Donnell Avenue

(PO Box 320)

Myrtleford, Victoria 3737

principal@smmyrtleford.catholic.edu.au

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