The Student Services Team is made up of:
- Executive Teacher of Student Services Teegan Townsend (Maternity Leave) / Emma Menzies
- Pastoral Care Executive Teacher Maddie Clayden
- Pastoral Care Advisors
- School Psychologist
- Youth Workers
- School Youth Health Nurse
Pastoral Care at Lanyon High School
Students receive individualized support from their Pastoral Care (PC) teacher, who is not just the contact teacher but a classroom teacher who spends significant time with students each day. Students and PC teachers are further supported by the Student Services team.
This team aims to support all students and meet their needs to achieve success at school and maintain well being.
Pastoral Care Advisors
Pastoral Care Advisor: Lachlan Manuel
Pastoral Care Advisor: Mark Rasmussen
Pastoral Care Advisor: Sascha Zsigmond
Pastoral Care Advisor: Jonathan McCaskill
Support For Students
Students can seek support through their classroom teachers, PC teacher, Pastoral Care Advisor and Student Services. Below is a link to the student support handbook with lots of handy information.
Bullying and Harassment
Definition of Bullying
Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons.
Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.
Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. Definition taken from ‘Bullying No Way’ and was developed by the Safe and Supportive Schools Communities Working Group. https://bullyingnoway.gov.au
Definition of Harassment
Harassment can be verbal, physical or written. It is any unwelcome comment or conduct including threats, abuse and insults towards a person.
Lanyon High Templates for incidents and restraints:
These forms are used in student services when issues arise.
What to do if my child is being bullied or harassed.
The most important thing is that a student reports bullying to a teacher. The school will ask all students to complete an Incident Report Form to describe the events. The school may also ask students to fill in these forms if they are a witness or a bystander. How the school responds will be tailored to each situation. In the first instance, a teacher will usually respond using a restorative approach. A restorative approach has been evident to prevent any further incidents happening in 3 out of 4 cases. Students may agree upon conditions in the restorative conversation. Examples that students may come up with include forgiveness and staying away from one another. Teachers may also issue the students a formal warning to stay away from another if issues are persistent. If the bullying or harassment continues then the school may issue a Restraint from Harassment which is a formal contract for the students to stay away from one another. A restraint is a document that is issued to both students to support them to stay away from one another. If the Restraint from Harassment is breached then there are range of responses and consequences that the school may issue in response to the level of breach that is reported.
Lanyon High School supports all students involved in social situations to learn from their experiences. We help students navigate their way through social issues and develop strategies for dealing with conflict resolution. Concepts and skills are taught in our Pastoral Care Program and students with particular needs can work with our Youth Worker or their Pastoral Care teachers.
For more information about how our school is guided to respond to bullying and harassment please visit https://www.education.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/848437/Safe-and-Supportive-Schools-Policy-2.pdf