The Student Services team is responsible for the health and wellbeing of students and encouraging a positive school environment. We provide opportunities for leadership and participation, in a range of social and extra-curricular activities. Kinross College staff includes two Student Services Managers, a Psychologist, a Nurse and a Chaplain. These staff provide students with counselling, health and wellbeing advice, goal setting, course, career advice and mentoring.
Support of students’ social, emotional health and wellbeing is ensured by providing a safe and supportive environment. Teachers as Mentors, are allocated a group of students. Mentors foster mutual respect and fairness through values education. We expect our students to be free from all forms of bullying and harassment. We actively encourage compassion, tolerance and consideration for each other. Our approach to bullying is shared problem-solving, focusing on empowerment and developing awareness of their own rights, as well as their responsibility to respect the rights of others.
The Student Services team offers additional support through one-on-one counselling, assisting with goal setting and providing career information and learning support. Our students can talk through issues and concerns with their Mentor, the College Psychologist, Nurse or Chaplain. Our community links also provide the opportunity of involvement in a range of mentoring programs. Some examples are Shine for girls and Strength for boys, which focus on supporting adolescents’ needs. We also have a designated retreat for all students to access at break times.
Kinross College has a house system that aims to enhance College spirit and identity, whilst providing students with leadership opportunities. Students receive house points for inter-house competition in sporting, academic and community service activities.
The Community Health Nurse primarily assists in health education and health promotion strategies at the College. The Nurse is accessible to students who may be seeking assistance with adolescent psychosocial and physical health issues that may arise. The College works in partnership with the Community Health Nurse to develop a coherent and coordinated approach to address the health needs of students.