Student Support Services

Leadership Team Care

Our Leadership teams are committed to each and every child in the St Brigid's Catholic School community.

The Leadership team structure ensures that all staff and children across every year level have access to the support required. Our Leadership structure consists of :

Principal – Mr Paul Bennett  
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Deputy Principal - Mr Gennaro Mannella
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Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission (APRIM) - Mrs Andrea White
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Any one member of the team can deal with any issues or concerns students or parents may have. Please feel that you are able to approach any of the team with questions or concerns about your child's learning or welfare.

The Leadership Team meets on a weekly basis to disseminate information regarding our student cohort and ensure the smooth running of the school.

Counselling

We care for our children socially and emotionally, as well as academically. In Term 2 we welcomed a new counsellor to our school, Sandy Ahearn. Sandy has replaced our long standing school counsellor Di Childs, who is off on new endeavours. Students up to the age of 9 years need parental permission to attend counselling sessions. From 10 years children can self-refer, however the counsellor with the permission of the child and using her professional judgement will communicate with the Leadership Team or parents regarding any concerns. The school funds this service from school fees received. As a result, we regrettably need to place a limit on how many consultations can be provided free of charge. The first three full consultations in any one year are free.

Defence Force Families

Defence School Mentor

Our school offers the services of a Defence School Mentor (DSM) Christine Letcher, to provide assistance to Australian Defence Force (ADF) children and families particularly during their transition into and out of a school on posting or during a parental absence due to deployment, exercise or training.

 The DSM will:

  • Welcome parents and children into the school community.
  • Assist ADF families to integrate into the local community.
  • Act as a point of contact for Australian Defence Force families in the school.
  • Offer support to children at school during times of parental absence by encouraging parents to keep teachers informed about parental separations so that Chris can assist your child during this time.
  • Assist the school to understand the needs of Australian Defence Force parents and their children.
  • Monitor ADF children’s personal issues such as friendship, peer groups and classroom difficulties with the support of the Pastoral Care team which includes the Assistant Principal Religious Identity Mission (APRIM), School Chaplain and the School Counsellor.
  • Provide opportunities for ADF families to meet other ADF families within the school community.
  • Maintain contact with ADF families who are enrolled in the school.
  • Organise farewell activities and provide support for ADF children when a child is moving to a new school.

Chris works closely with the Educational Liaison Officer  (EDLO) from the Defence Community Organsiation to support our Defence families.   The EDLO is able to provide specialised information and educational support to ADF families.

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School Chaplain

Philip Matthews is our School Chaplain. He offers supports to our students and school community on Mondays and Tuesdays. Philip is often a very sought after member of the team here at St Brigid’s thanks to his incomparable relationships with our staff and students and his infectious disposition.

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Peaceful Kids

‘Peaceful Kids’ is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children. The program has been created to fulfil a need in schools to offer all children a developmentally appropriate program that gives children the skills, practice and support to utilize coping strategies that lessen the symptoms of anxiety and stress. The program also involves parental involvement and commitment to supporting the strategies at home.

Click the link to read more about our Peaceful Kids Program