School is more than study. Sometimes things pop-up that present challenges – normally at the time you least expect or need it. Our Student Services Team is here to help.
Need to talk to someone in confidence? Need to bounce ideas off a friendly listener? Or maybe you need study advice, help to design a study program or careers advice? Our team cares. The Student Services Team coordinates the pastoral services right across the campus. The team has a manager, a psychologist, two year coordinators, an enrolment officer, a multicultural support officer, a nurse and a Youthcare chaplain. Our Youthcare chaplain provides social, emotional and spiritual support to the school community. They are a listening ear and a caring presence in the school, available for all students, staff and families.
The Student Services team arrange events on campus, guest speakers, and work with your teachers to monitor your attendance, progress and well-being. The team is located in the Library. Pop in and say hello. They’d be happy to meet you.
Craig is our Student Services Manager. Craig oversees the student services team across the entire campus and, with his team, helps our students to navigate their schooling pathways. He coordinates and delivers a broad range of support and advice to students, staff and parents on matters including course and pathway counselling, student health and well-being, behaviour management and liaison with agency and community support services.
With an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of students, parents are encouraged to contact Craig should they have any concerns regarding their child’s progress or wellbeing.
Armanda and Claire are both based on our main campus and have special roles in our Student Services Team. Like all members of the team, Claire and Armanda are experienced classroom teachers who have specialised training in their fields of expertise. They are usually the first points of contact for students and parents. They work with all members of the campus to make sure that we provide a vibrant and supportive learning environment. Armanda and Claire are the faces of the broader aspects of North Lake. You’ll regularly see them leading events that bring our campus together, like special social and community events and formal occasions, like our assemblies and graduation.
Claire Meiklejohn and Armanda Di Toro
In addition to these roles, Claire is our Learning Support Coordinator. She works closely with students, teachers, parents and community support and access agencies on a range of matters that focus on supporting all students to be successful learners. This includes, among other things, making sure that students with special learning provisions are catered for. Claire also supports student advocacy and assists other team members to monitor student engagement, behaviour, and achievement.
Armanda is our Student Wellbeing Coordinator. She also works closely with students, teachers, parents and other groups and focuses on student wellbeing. She leads the student governance team and has a key role in student advocacy. She monitors student engagement and progress. For many, Armanda is a first port of call for students seeking support and advice. If you need some help with your studies or general advice about how best to manage your life campus, Armanda is here to help.
The School Psychology Service provides specialist support to students and staff of public schools in the areas of mental health and wellbeing, student behaviour and learning. Our psychologist provides advice and support on matters relating to specialist psychological assessment, diagnosis, intervention and consultation services.
The Chaplain’s role is to provide the school community with pastoral care. Pastoral care is concerned with the holistic care of individuals and focuses on the connections between emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
Our Chaplain provides a safe space to discuss concerns around family, relationships, coping strategies, grief and loss, and questions about the meaning of life. Conversations are confidential.
Taryn is our Student Support Officer and is located in the Student Services Hub. If you need to report an absence or early departure from campus, you can ring Taryn and leave a voicemail on 9314 0471 or send her an email at NorthLake.SC.StudentServices@education.wa.edu.au or SMS: 0409 089 499.
Taryn also helps students book appointments for the Wellness Centre should they need to see the School Psychologist, Chaplain or Nurse.
Karen works with Multicultural Futures and provides support to students in their first 5 years living in Australia. Areas Karen provides help in include: Centrelink, Transperth, transport, housing, sports and clubs, volunteering and job searching. She also can assist you to find a doctor, dentist or counsellor.
Jill is our Community Health Nurse and provides advice and support to students about accessing health care and information on a range of matters including healthy eating and nutrition, coping with illness, feeling stressed or unhappy, and sexual health.
Ollie the Labrador
Ollie is a therapy dog who provides comfort and cuddles to students and staff who need a little care and attention. Ollie is a great listener and loves to spend time meeting new people.