Marden Senior College structures, processes and personnel are committed to providing a supportive learning environment for all students.
The range of support services available to students at the college includes:
The Counselling team is available to support students in all matters relating to their enrolment at the college. Course counselling is not only provided to students during their enrolment interview, but is available at any time throughout the year. As student circumstances or interests may change, subjects and loads can also be adjusted to accommodate these changes and support the planning towards a different pathway.
Our confidential counselling service can assist in matters relating to:
· Personal counselling
· Career and pathway counselling
· Health support issues
· Problem solving and decision making
· Conflict resolution
· Study skills, time management
· Referral and advocacy support with a wide range of community agencies
The Assistant Principal can also be accessed for support in some of these areas and for more serious student and staff issues and concerns.
Student Counsellors at Marden Senior College
Michelle van Wyk
Senior Leader – Student Services
Teachers can provide students with expert guidance relating to subject specific issues as well as negotiating around assessment requirements should the need arise. They should be the first port of call for a student experiencing some difficulty with a subject matter.
Pastoral Care Worker
The Pastoral Care Worker’s (Chaplain’s) role is one of providing support and encouragement to the school community. Employed by local churches, the Chaplain has a particular interest in the spiritual and emotional life of the school. As a staff member, but not a teacher, the Chaplain provides another means for members of the school community to gain support in these vital aspects of their lives. The Chaplain also plays a role in supporting teachers in school events and excursions, facilitating student activities and providing input in the teaching of ethical and personal development topics.
All students under 18 years of age are provided with a mentor by the college after enrolment. Mentor support may also be offered to other students who need additional support throughout the year. The mentor is a support person a student can speak with about issues relating to study or other matters of a personal nature. The mentor can personally advise the student or support the student to access other services within the college and beyond.
The district Apprenticeship Broker is able to provide support for students who want to include a traineeship or apprenticeship in their SACE program. The Apprenticeship broker is required to be involved in the organization of any School Based Apprenticeship. They may also periodically provide information about vacancies and employment opportunities available in the local area. To access this service you will need to speak to the Student Counsellors who can arrange an appointment for you.
The SACE Co-ordinator supports students in all matters relating to SACE completion including:
· SACE pattern requirements
· Special Provisions in Assessment
· Assessment policies and protocols around deadlines or breaches of rules
· Exam management
The Library: a great place to work at Marden
The Marden Education Centre Library is the library for the Marden Senior College. The library has a wide range of resources for leisure, fun and educational needs, including books, DVDs and magazines.
Monday to Friday – including before and after school, recess and lunch, and when evening classes are on until 7.00pm.
Teacher librarians and other library staff are available to help with:
· Using computers and programs
· Assignments and class work
· Using various resources, including online databases
· Research skills, study tips and techniques
· Reading resources for course work and general interest