Kariong Mountains High School

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Telephone02 4340 0246


Student wellbeing

Welfare Team and Wellbeing Initiatives

Throughout each year, the Student Welfare Team of our school implements a number of programs to assist students to cater for welfare needs.

Meet the Team

The Year Advisors are a central point of communication between the school and home regarding the wellbeing of your child.

If you would like to contact a Year Advisor, please call 4340 0246 or email us at: kariongmtn-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

Student Welfare Team 2023

Leanne Foubister School Counsellor
Ms Alicia Spinelli Supervisor of Girls
Mr James Treece Supervisor of Boys
Ms Megan Miller Head Teacher Wellbeing
Mr James Treece Student Welfare
Mr Ben Flakus Year 7 Advisor
Ms Brooke Sayal Year 8 Advisor
Ms Stephanie Richmond Year 9 Advisor
Mr Sean Klempert Year 10 Advisor
Ms Jessica Milne Year 11 Advisor
Ms Courtney Thompson Year 12 Advisor

Learning & Support Team

The Learning and Support Team (L&ST) facilitates and coordinates a whole school approach to meeting the needs of students with additional learning needs, including the needs of GAT students. It focuses on addressing the learning needs of students by ensuring that collaborative planning and programming occurs, that effective implementation strategies are in place, that available and appropriate school resources are being utilised and that monitoring, assessment and reporting strategies have been agreed upon. The team also monitors and supports staff professional learning needs in relation to supporting students with additional learning needs.

The L&ST considers the type and level of support that students require to address their curriculum, communication, social skills, personal care, safety and mobility needs. The team identifies and brings together key personnel within the school community who are most suitable to be involved in the delivery of the student’s learning program.

Examples of areas of action by the Learning Support Team include:

  • Evaluating student referrals to the Learning and Support Team
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of learning support plans
  • Co-ordinating the support of internal and external personnel
  • Facilitating communication within the school
  • Evaluating strategies
  • Providing direction for professional learning needs of staff.

The L&ST is comprised of:

  • An executive member of staff
  • L&ST Coordinator
  • Learning and Support Teachers
  • School Counsellor
  • Year Advisors
  • School Learning Support Officers
  • Interested staff members
  • Fluid membership involving individuals who attend to support a referral to the L&ST, who have an interest in a current agenda item or who have a particular role requiring their involvement in developing strategies for individual students.

Student Wellbeing Programs

Our school offers a variety of programs where students explore self esteem, teamwork, personal goals, bullying, making healthy choices and building positive relationships. 

Rock and Water

Most students at some point during their time at Kariong Mountains High School will have the opportunity to participate in the Rock and Water program.

Students will develop, through a self-defence form using exercises and strengthening drills, a growing awareness of themselves on their way to adulthood.

On one hand they are taught to defend themselves from various forms of violence and on the other hand they are taught to grow more awareness of boundaries and the consequences of crossing them.

Managing the Bull

‘Managing the Bull’ is a 6-week course that builds resilience in teens through games, activities and discussions. In a safe, supportive environment, participants will learn to:

  • Recognise bullying
  • Discover inner strengths
  • Build self esteem
  • Communicate effectively
  • Deal with cyber-bullying
  • Build support networks
  • Use personal protection plans