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Student wellbeing

Student wellbeing

In primary school, our homeroom teachers are responsible for ensuring each child has the level of pastoral and emotional support they need, while in secondary school, advisory teachers, who students meet with each morning, are responsible for the delivery of a dedicated pastoral care programme. Advisors also assist students with goal setting, time management, exam practise and study skills.

Learn more about child safeguarding on this page.

Our dedicated student support and well-being team consists of a school psychologist, counsellors, learning support teachers, university advisors and our school nurses.

Kristin Haagensen

Head of Inclusion
(Student Support & Well-Being)

Kirsty Kelly

Learning Support Teacher
Nursery, PK, JK, SK

Elisa Cottingham

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 1

Kim Halpin

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 2

Rachel Pereira

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 3

Timika Mathews-Jordan

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 4

Lana Park

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 5

Anita Chen

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 6

Pooja Keshwala

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 7

Mary Zhao

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 8

Judy Loke

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 9, 11 & 12

Jenna Rae Warne

Learning Support Teacher
Grade 10

Li Qu

School Psychologist

Justin Lobsey

EY and PS Behavior Interventionist

Peter O'Brien

EY, PS & SS Occupational Therapist

Callie Scott

EY, PS, SS Speech Language Therapist

Vanessa Kim

Pastoral Counselor
(Grades 5 & 6, Nursery & PK)

Suzie Shih

Pastoral Counselor
(G1 & 2 & SK)

Laura Farkash

Pastoral Counselor
(Grades 3 & 4 & JK)

Ron Drisner

Pastoral Counselor
(Grades 10 & 11)

Jane Falkiner

Pastoral Counselor
(Grades 7 & 12)

Celia Shi

Pastoral Counselor
(Grades 8 & 9)


The team, who meet with students individually as necessary, run programmes across the school year to help students develop the skills and strategies needed to proactively manage their own well-being. These include:

  • Sunshine visits with a counsellor. Designed for new students, these visits help students understand who to go to for support, and help our counsellors monitor how students are adapting to their new environment. Primary students meet as a group, so they’re introduced to other new students in their grade.
  • Weekly meetings with teachers and the student well-being committee to monitor students’ individual goals and/or progress.
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Period of Registration: 8 June 2023 to 7 June 2027