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
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Leadership Group or phone the school office – (02) 6040 6388