The Balcatta Senior High School Student Services team primarily works to improve the social and emotional well-being and health of all students. The team is committed to establishing effective pastoral care practices that will best contribute to students’ well-being and support academic achievement and progress.
The following areas are the core business of Student Services Support team:
- Student behaviour
- Student attendance and engagement
- Student well-being
- Pastoral care practices
Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to make contact with a member of the Student Services team to discuss any of these matters.
Student Service Team Staff Roles
Student Services Manager – Behaviour, attendance, interagency and community support systems and pastoral care programs.
Year Coordinators – Pastoral care, student councillors, positive rewards, uniform.
School Psychologist – Student well-being and parent support.
School Chaplain – Holistic student support and somebody to talk to.
School Community Nurse – Health Education support for staff and students, community education and student health, emotional and physical support.
Attendance and Engagement Coordinator – Attendance and engagement support.
Programs and activities co-ordinated by Students Services (and not limited to):
- Welcome Pool Party for all students, parents and teachers
- Year 7 Transition Program and Orientation Camp
- ANZAC Day Assembly
- Outreach counselling support services for students – e.g. Mercy Care, Open Doors, and Youth Link
- Drumbeat is aimed at students requiring support in communication and emotional competence through the use of music and is run in small group sessions
- Mentor Programs (Years 7, 11 and 12 students)
- Elevate Study Skills Program (Years 7 to 12 students)
- Community guest speakers for students and parents addressing drug and alcohol education, bullying and risk-taking behaviours
- Cultural education including Indigenous performances
- Triple P Parenting program run by school psychologist
- Teen Mental Health First Aid training for all Year 10 students
- Grandparents support group co-ordinated by the school chaplain
- Foodbank program and Healthy Eating co-ordinated by the school community nurse
- Victory Life breakfast program, lunch sports and student mentoring
- School Volunteer Program – student mentoring
- Semester Presentation Assemblies – top and merit students for subjects, Academic Excellence and Respect/Unite/Excel Awards
- Reward excursions for year groups
Balcatta Senior High School implements the Department of Education Attendance Policy. Within this policy are four key processes. These include:
Recognise: Every student’s attendance is monitored daily and every absence identified
Resolve: Every absence is investigated and the reason recorded.
Restore: Where a student’s attendance is below 90% or is identified as a concern, school-devised case management and legislative strategies are implemented to restore attendance.
Record: Accurate records of daily attendance using SEQTA, explanations and strategies accompany the schools Attendance Improvement Plan.
Under the Western Australian law (School Education Act 1999), parents must send their children to school unless:
- they are too unwell
- they have an infectious disease
- the Principal is provided with a genuine and acceptable reason
For every absence, your child must be accompanied with an explanation. Any absence may be communicated to the school by the following methods:
Telephone: 9345 8200 (follow the prompts)
SMS: 0409 686 684 (For advice of absentees only)
In addition to the four key processes above, students are also eligible for a Reward to support and acknowledge attendance:
- 90% attendance - $20 Westfield gift card raffle for 2 students from each year group in each term
- 99% and 100% attendance – End of Term BBQ for all students with 99% attendance and above.
- 100% attendance and certificate recognition at year group assemblies.
Information for Parents regarding SMS Communications for students unexplained absences and late arrivals
School Chaplain - Merrilee Wong
Merrilee Wong is the Chaplain at Balcatta Senior High School. Merrilee commenced her duties at the beginning of Term 2 and finds it a privilege to be able to work with students, parents and staff and looks forward to becoming more involved with the school community.
Merrilee’s role is about building relationships, offering care and support to individual needs of the students and also helping meet the wider needs of the school. She has a vast amount of volunteer experience in working with teenagers through community development programs. Last year, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Counselling. Merrilee is located in the Chaplain’s office in the canteen area and will be available every Tuesday and Friday.