The care and safety of our students is paramount at Siena College. Several students are arriving at school very early in the morning before supervision can be offered. Formal supervision by staff commences at 8.20am. Although many members of staff are at school before this time, they are engaged in class preparation or scheduled cocurricular activities. Once your daughter is at school, it is important that she remain on the premises and not leave the College for any reason. The College cannot be responsible for a student’s safety if she leaves the grounds. If your daughter arrives early and does not have a school activity scheduled, she should work in the Learning Centre and not be alone in other areas of the school. Likewise, in the afternoon, the College cannot offer supervision after normal working hours and all students are required to be off campus by 5:30pm unless under the supervision of a staff member.
Role of the College Counsellors
Siena College is committed to supporting students’ personal growth and their social and emotional wellbeing. Counselling services are provided by registered psychologists with extensive training in child and adolescent mental health. The counselling team provides assessment and treatment to students experiencing personal difficulties to encourage students to identify their strengths, enhance their sense of self worth and develop critical thinking skills.
The counselling team also plays an integral role in the support services and student wellbeing initiatives in the College.
Counselling at Siena College aims to address any concerns and/or worries in a confidential and respectful way, so that our students can take maximum advantage of their learning opportunities and enjoy their time here at Siena College.
What Services are Provided
The Counsellors at Siena are available to support students and their families around issues relating to their wellbeing including emotional, behavioural and family issues, stress, social skills, grief and physical and mental health issues.
Confidentiality between the Counsellor and the student is very important. All information gathered remains confidential except in situations when a serious crime has been committed, there is serious risk of harm to self or others, or there has been a subpoena served to present documents to court (APS Code of Ethics, 1997).
How and where to seek support
The Counselling Hub is now located in the same building as the Finance and Development teams. You can contact the counsellors by emailing them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, their individual emails are:
Millie Holmes: email@example.com
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Gemma Morley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Lisa Ellis: email@example.com
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday