Welcome back to Term 2!
Our students are very happy to be back at school and are feeling positive about their learning this term, as well as socialising with their peers.
It has been a wonderful start for students, teachers and parents.
This year we have enlisted the services of onPsych to provide additional support to those students, parents and teachers who experience challenging times.
OnPsych provides psychological services to schools in Victoria. They are a passionate team of fully qualified, registered psychologists and social workers who specialise in child and adolescent services. They work in primary, secondary, and special schools, from both public and private sectors. They work in both individual and group sessions with students and parents. In most cases, services are performed at no cost to the school, student or parent.
OnPsych services are provided on-site, at the school. They value working collaboratively with school welfare teams, teachers and parents to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people across Australia. A Health Care Plan, with clear outcomes, will be tailored for each individual. Through Medicare, individuals are eligible for (up to) 16 individual sessions each year, at no cost to the student or the school.
Mental Health disorders significantly impact on a student’s ability to cope. Depending on the intensity of the disorder, they strongly prefer sustainable change that is seen as incremental steps towards a more positive future, rather than giant leaps in self-awareness that may quickly evaporate. With this in mind, they develop strategies with their clients that will assist in:
- Improved social skills and clearer communication,
- More rational thinking and coping mechanisms
- Stronger positive attitudes and self-assurance
Our onPsych psychologist is Vanessa Lowe.
Vanessa is commencing her services with several students on Wednesdays here at Galilee this term.
If you feel you would like to use this service, please speak to me and I will provide you with further information and commence the process with you.
During Term 1, there have been occasions when members of our school community have needed a kind word or additional support in one way or another.
It has been wonderful to observe how this has happened without fuss or fanfare.
A special thanks to Jessica Conway, our school Family Liaison Officer and our Class Reps, who have organized rosters for food parcels, transport of siblings to and from school, cards and flowers, and to our parents for responding so generously in so many ways.
We are a very caring and supportive community and we should be very proud of how we are so ready to generously help each other. It is a wonderful feeling and humbling to be part of such a community.
If you need additional support at any time or know someone who may, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Student Wellbeing /Student Services Leader