Support to foster social and emotional wellbeing
Integral to the philosophy of support at Friends’ is the notion that everyone needs additional support in some area at some stage of their life. A variety of supports tailored to meet the needs of individuals are provided in each area of the school.
These may include in-class support, withdrawal, modified timetables, specific programs such as Cool Kids, individual programs to support social and emotional learning, technology modifications, and liaising with professionals such as Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, and Social Workers. Including parents and teachers/tutors in the work being done with students is paramount to our success.
Cool Kids is a program used across both campuses to support students diagnosed with anxiety. It is a structured, skills-based program that teaches children (including teenagers) and their parents how to better manage the child’s anxiety. It involves the participation of both children and their parents, and focuses on teaching clear and practical skills.
There is a full time psychologist on hand on each campus who is available for conducting psychological assessments and counselling. They are also able to work with students suffering from a range of psychological disorders. They liaise with parents, paediatricians, psychiatrists, GPs and teachers to support appropriate interventions.
Each of the School campuses also has a support centre.