Good mental health contributes to improved outcomes for our young people. It is important that all students at our school feel confident to speak about personal issues, especially those which may be affecting how they are learning at school.
The CSO is pleased to announce that each Secondary School across the Wagga Wagga Diocese has appointed a Psychologist to their their pastoral care and wellbeing teams. We are very pleased to welcome Kristy Ward take on this important role at Xavier High School.
Kristy is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience working with children, young people and their families. Kristy is skilled in providing a range of evidence-based interventions, including counselling, consultation, support, and implementation of psycho-educational programs. We are confident that the appointment of a full time Psychologist at the school will result in an enhanced care and support for the school community.
You may be aware that in the past we have required parental consent if a student is to see the Counsellor however this will change. Going forward, and in line with the the Australian Psychological Society professional and ethical guidelines, students will be able to self refer to the School Psychologist. Whilst parental consent is not necessary for an initial session, parental involvement will be encouraged. Referrals can also be made by parents, and teaching staff. Alternatively, you can contact student admin or your House Coordinator to make an appointment. Here is the link to the consent that a student would be agreeing to in the event that they see the School Psychologist. CSO Psychology Service Consent Form
You can find Kristy in the front office next to the student admin desk. You are welcome to introduce yourselves and/or ask any questions you may have. This is a new service being established and we look forward to receiving your feedback and suggestions.
The School Psychologist will work in a consultative, resourceful and supportive manner with a strong focus on achieving the best outcomes for students.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Kristy via her email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Leadership Group or phone the school office – (02) 6040 6388
Registered School Psychologist
Along side our Psychologist service our House Coordinators can assist in the following ways:
- Talk to young people about numerous different topics and offer pastoral care and support.
- Some of the areas may include, but are not limited to;
- Depression, sadness and feeling “down”
- Anxiety, worry and fears
- Grief and loss
- Anger management
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Conflict resolution and bullying
- Self-esteem and assertiveness
- Having difficulties at home or at school
- Transition from primary school to secondary school
- Work together with the House Co-ordinators to provide support and help for students who might be having trouble with school and organisation.
Parents are very welcome to make contact with the service by phoning the school
If you need immediate assistance call Albury Police on 02 6023 9299 or the Albury Police Youth Officer on the same number