SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD

At Mount Carmel College, we believe that a student’s success in learning is closely related to his/her social and emotional development. As a College we have a holistic approach to education and we have structures in place and staff with immediate responsibility for each of these dimensions.

Students learn best and are happiest in a school environment where they feel safe physically and emotionally.

Mount Carmel College is committed to providing a high level of support to students, families and staff via our experienced and compassionate counsellors. 

The Counsellors work closely with members of the Students Committee for educational and personal counselling. They act as a contact and support person and are supported by various external agencies. Our School Counsellors are appropriately qualified and trained in dealing with issues of a sensitive and confidential nature, and are committed to assisting students, parents/caregivers and staff with any issues. Parents are encouraged to advise the College if there are issues occurring at home or at school which may impact their child’s progress and wellbeing.

Our College Counsellors:

  • provide support and education with regards to personal issues and relationships;
  • liaise with outside agencies as required;
  • work with students in a restorative manner after bullying and harassment has been identified;
  • assist with school-related concerns;
  • offer support in home and friendship issues;
  • provide a supportive and friendly environment in which to talk;

Mr Peter McCauley is available every school day and works with all year levels, with a primary focus on Middle Years students. He teaches Life Skills and Science. Peter also coordinates the Peer Support Program, a mentoring program in which reliable Year 11 students serve as Big Sisters and Big Brothers to a group of Year 8 students.

Mrs Angela Coleman is available 4 days per week and works with all year levels, with a primary focus on mentoring small group discussions. She currently teaches Science and Psychology.

 

Mount Carmel College works with parents/caregivers and the College Community to support Aboriginal/Indigenous students’ wellbeing, learning and positive choices. Individual learning and case management support is available.

At Mount Carmel College, our EAL (English as an Additional Language)  teacher offers specialised support to facilitate improved outcomes for EAL students. They identify, monitor and report individual learners’ needs and develop teaching programs in consultation with classroom teachers to provide learning opportunities to meet those needs.

The National Schools Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is a support program for families, students and staff. Participation is voluntary.

Sister Catherine Mead is Mount Carmel College's Chaplain. Her background is in teaching and leadership in R-12 Catholic schools. 

She is on site 6 hours a week and may be contacted by phoning 8447 0500.

 

In the absence of the Chaplain
Please direct enquiries to the Home Group Teacher, Year Level Coordinator, or Director of Students by phoning the College on 8447 0500.

Acknowledgement
Following the High Court decision in 2014, the Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program has now been replaced by the National Schools Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), which State Government's administer to fund school chaplaincy services over the 2015 to 2018 school years.

What this means for schools in Catholic Schools in South Australia
In late 2014, Catholic Education SA (CESA) and the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) convened a cross sector panel to discuss and prepare for the approval from our state Government Cabinet for NSCP to proceed in SA. That approval was granted, and all Catholic Schools in SA were invited to apply for grants. While funding for the new program has been reduced, 52 Catholic Schools have been successful in being granted funds to continue with either a Chaplain or a Youth Minister.

What this means for Mount Carmel College
Mount Carmel College has been successful in receiving a grant and acknowledges and thanks the Australian Government, via the State Government, for its ongoing support for the Chaplaincy Services being undertaken at Mount Carmel College.

Objectives of the Program at Mount Carmel College
The objectives of the National Chaplaincy Program is to assist the Mount Carmel College community to provide pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to all students, irrespective of their faith or beliefs. This can include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues; the provision of student welfare; and enhancing engagement with the broader community.

Voluntary participation
The program provides support for families, students and staff. Participation in the program is voluntary. Students, families and staff have the choice at any time to opt out of the service.

Complementary to other services
The Chaplaincy program complements the ministry of staff at Mount Carmel College. It complements the role of:

  • Staff in their educative and pastoral role with students and their families;
  • College counsellors;
  • Assistant Principal in Religious Identity and Mission; and
  • the Student Wellbeing program at the College.

The handling of complaints
Anyone who has a complaint about the program is encouraged to raise their concerns by contacting the College Principal on 8447 0500.

School community Consultation
The College consults with the community in various ways, and formally with parent representative groups for the priorities for the program.

The Chaplain
Sister Catherine Mead, Sister of St Joseph, has recently been appointed as Mount Carmel College's Chaplain. Her background is in teaching and administration in R-12 schools.

Sr Catherine is onsite at the College 6 hours a week and can be contacted by phoning the College on 8447 0500.

In the absence of the Chaplain
Please direct enquiries to the Pastoral Care Teacher or the Deputy Principal by phoning the College on 8447 0500.

Disclaimer
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.