Oakleigh Grammar is committed to the pastoral care of our students offering counselling each day with our Student Counsellor, Fiona Baudinette. Counselling provides an opportunity for students to confidentially discuss challenges which may be interfering with their learning and general wellbeing. Counselling is also available to parents, for matters relating to their children. Through counselling students gain perspective, identify their inherent strengths to overcome challenges, learn to find solutions to problems and build resilience skills, essential for their on-going well-being.
Students from Year 5 to Year 12 are able to self-refer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also be referred by a teacher, through the Head of School. Students from Prep to Year 4 are required to gain parent permission, then referred by the class teacher, Head of School or parent. Parents of any student, can email or call the school to arrange bookings for themselves. The sessions are free and continue for as many weeks as required. Occasionally, Fiona will refer students to an external provider for further care, which is organised in consultation with the parent. As counselling is confidential, information is only passed on to parents or teachers if the student requests, or if it falls within counselling mandatory reporting requirements. Parents of younger students will be emailed after the initial session and thereafter as required.