Student Support Services

Student Support Services at St Eugene College is made up of the Support Teachers for Inclusive Education; Guidance Counsellors and a team of School Officers.  We work together with teachers and parents to address the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of all students.  Each phase of learning within the college has a Support Teacher for Inclusive Education and Guidance Officer.

What do I do if I am concerned about my child’s development?
If you have concerns regarding your child’s development please contact the class teacher, Support Teacher or Guidance Counsellor to arrange a Support Meeting. This will provide the opportunity to meet with the class teacher, Support Teacher and/or Guidance Counsellor to discuss the child’s needs and devise an action plan together.

In some cases observations and screeners might identify an area that requires further assessment from specialists outside the school.   The Support Teacher would contact you to arrange a Support Meeting order to suggest referral to outside agencies.

These may include:​
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech / Language Pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Consultant Paediatricians
  • Audiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Or other appropriate professionals.
This specialised information is then used to further define areas of need for use in program design and implementation.

Social Emotional Programs
Fun Friends
This program is designed to help with the prevention of childhood anxiety.  FUN FRIENDS is a play-based program that teaches children essential resilience skills including; how to regulate emotions; how to be brave and try new things; how to build a strong sense of self and self-esteem and how to change negative "red thoughts" into positive "green thoughts".  These resilience skills are taught in a way that children can easily grasp and adopt.

Exploring Feelings Program
Exploring Feelings is designed to help children from to understand their feelings and to deal with anxiety or other strong feelings constructively. Children learn how to develop an emotional toolbox of strategies to help them cope when they are feeling anxious.

Socially Speaking
This program teaches children how to develop positive social skills and how to transfer these skills to everyday life. Children learn skills such as, how to communicate, how to make friends and how to be a good friend. They work with a school officer and a small group of peers and have many opportunities to practise the skills they are learning.

The Seasons Program
Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. Grief can result from all kinds of change and loss including family breakdown, friendship changes, homelessness, the death of a relative or friend, unemployment, abuse, serious illness, injury, disability, loss of self-esteem, imprisonment. The Seasons Program helps children to understand that their feelings are very normal and teachers them strategies of how to cope with these changes in their lives.

Drumbeat Program
The Drumbeat Program uses music to engage children in learning, to teach social skills and build self-esteem. Children are engaged in experiential learning where they cooperate together to make music as a group and work towards developing healthy social interactions and connections. The sessions cover topics such as identity, social harmony and getting along with others, expressing emotions positively, values, peer pressure and teamwork.