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Student Support & Wellbeing - Plympton International College
Centre of Excellence for R-12 Learners
(08) 8297 0488

Principal Tour : Thursday 26th July 9.15a.m.

Student Support & Wellbeing

The well being of our students is paramount. A number of programs and support services exist to ensure that your child is nurtured in a caring, encouraging environment.

Wellbeing is central to learning and learning contributes to wellbeing. At Plympton International College we are committed to supporting the development and promotion of wellbeing for all our students.

Teachers contribute to the wellbeing of students through the quality of relationship that they build and share with them. Relationships built on respect contribute significantly to student participation and retention which results in students successfully following particular learning and career pathways.

Students and parents/caregivers are encouraged to dicuss any issues that affect student learning with class and Home Group teachers, Year Level Managers, Heads of Sub Schools or our Student Wellbeing Coordinator.

TRANSITION FOR NEW STUDENTS

We understand that starting school, or transferring to a new school, can be a stressful time for some students and their families. Simply getting to know how the school works and where to find different facilities (such as the library, canteen or even toilets) can be a challenge.

Our team work hard to make transition a pleasant experience. So much so, that we've developed this Special Transition Program specifically for you. We put much effort towards introducing students and their families to the school well before their first official starting day.

Plympton International College has new students starting regularly throughout a year. So we understand that all new students, whether from locally around Adelaide or moving to our community from further afield (including relocating from overseas countries), need one-on-one support in their early days.

Contact the School Office on 8297 0488 for more information.

Reception Children - first year at school:

Our reception year teachers receive much joy from working one-on-one with each new child starting school for the first time. This process commences in the Term immediately before your child's actual starting date.

Your child's teacher will meet with them to get to know one another. A simple, friendly, personal introduction.

Three (3) Wednesdays of the term before are set for your child to attend the actual class they will be integrating into next term. A stepped approach to help them gradually meet their teacher, other kids in the class and get a feel for school routines.

They will stay in the class only for the Wednesday morning sessions to participate in some activities. Parents are welcome to remain in the classroom for the first Wednesday morning session.

On this first Wednesday, parents are also encouraged to have a relaxed morning tea with our staff for some personal one-on-one time to ask us any questions. We know it is equally as important for you to understand school life as it is for your child.

The final two Wednesday morning sessions in class are for your child only. We ask parents not to stay to enable your child to interact independently.


Transition Program for other year levels:

Changing schools can be a difficult time for any student, even those that are not new to schooling. It takes time to make new friends, plus simply find their way around our facilities and get use to our school routines. Plympton International College uses a buddy system to help out. Our existing children are very use to helping new kids fit in, it's a natural part of life at Plympton International College.

Each new student will be paired up with a Buddy in their class who initially is responsible for working directly with your child.

Year 8 Transition:

New students moving from another Primary School to commence High School years at Plympton International College are encouraged to attend a Transition Day at the end of their Year 7. Your child will spend a day (usually in November) in a Year 7 class at Plympton International College.

During this time, they will attend differing 'Senior Year' classes to get a feel for how their curriculum and choices will change in their Senior Years. Just a sample of classes they might attend include:

  • Science
  • Home Economics
  • Technical Studies
  • Specialist Physical Education activities
  • Multi-Media Animation

Parents are far from forgotten - you are also encouraged to attend an information evening and Question & Answer opportunity session. A terrific way for you also to feel comfortable with all the choices available around Plympton International College.

We recognise it is equally as important for all our parents to understand Senior School happenings to support your child.

This information night also helps you to open communication channels with our Teaching, Management and Admin teams. Get to know us. Some personal time of your own to understand how we will be guiding your child through their Senior Education Years.

For more information please contact the School Office on (08) 8297 0488.

COUNSELLING

The Student Wellbeing Coordinator is not a therapeutic counsellor, however student and their families and teachers are supported by being connected with community based qualified counsellors. In emergencies the Student Wellbeing Coordinator is qualified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and provides appropriate responses in these situations.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE

We have a focus on the use of Restorative Practice as a way of establishing and maintaining positive relationships between all members of the school community. The management of student behaviour is based on Restorative Justice principles, which encourages outcomes that promote responsibilty, reparation and healing for all.

STUDENT VOICE COMMITTEE

Plympton International College promotes a student leadership model to encourage more authentic and relevant student involvement.

Reception to Year 12 Class representatives and other interested students have been in involved in a variety of leadership training opportunities to assist them develop skills for engaging the school community in new ways. One major initiative has been the formation of an executive committee made up of members from each sub-school which has allowed for whole school representation and generation of ideas.

Another focus for Plympton International College's Student Voice Committee members has been to identify areas where actions taken by the students can have a positive impact on our school community. SVC highlighted three specific initiatives and students from Years R - 12 will be invited to join one of the resulting Action Teams.

The 3 action teams are:

  1. Social Justice team: A forum for exploring and addressing social justice issues in our College. [Starting in term 4 2017]
  2. School Pride team: looking at ways we can positively and consistently promote our College values and focus on beautification ideas. [Starting in term 1 2018]
  3. Enterprise team: raising funds for a charity nominated by students and for specific student led projects that benefit our school.[Starting soon, more details to come.]

For more information contact the School Office on (08) 8297 0488.