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 CEDWW is pleased to announce that each Secondary School across the Wagga Wagga Diocese has appointed a Psychologist to their pastoral care and wellbeing teams. We are very pleased to welcome Cassie Neville take on this important role at Xavier High School.

Cassie is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families. Working across different settings from Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Private Practice, Professional Supervision and Consultation, and 11 years experience as a School Psychologist at a local Catholic High School, Cassie thoroughly enjoys working in an educational setting and making the most out of a preventative approach from a whole-school level. Cassie has skills and expertise in mental health assessment, treatment, intervention and prevention. She is well trained in areas of cognitive behaviour therapies, mindfulness, trauma intervention, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapies. Cassie enjoys offering a consultation service to staff and implementing new policies and recommendations to ensure that mental health and student well-being is seen as a pivotal factor in enhancing student learning outcomes. Cassie also offers parent support and referral recommendations for families where appropriate.  The School Psychological Services at Xavier will continue to develop and grow over time and feedback from staff, students and families is warmly welcomed.

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 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.

You can find Cassie 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 Cassie via her email – nevillec@ww.catholic.edu.au

Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Leadership Group or phone the school office – (02) 6040 6388

Alongside our Psychologist service our House Coordinators can assist in the following ways:

1. Talk to young people about numerous different topics and offer pastoral care and support.

2. 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

3. 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