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The Rutherglen High School Community follows an ethos based on our Code of Co-operation. These values are supported by a Wellbeing Team dedicated to providing assistance to our students.

Students and their families have access to a range of Wellbeing staff at Rutherglen High School, including:

  • Principal and Assistant Principal
  • Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Senior and Junior School Leaders
  • Year Level Co-ordinators
  • School Nurse
  • School Counsellor
  • The Doctors-in-Schools clinic

Wellbeing Staff are available to:

  • Discuss personal or family problems, particularly those affecting a student’s academic or social development
  • Assist students or families who have financial difficulties
  • Organise and implement Personal Development and Life Skills Programs – anger management, grief counselling, organisation, self-esteem, body image, anti-bullying/cyber bullying
  • Organise mediation to resolve minor disputes
  • Hold ‘Restorative Conferences’ to provide a safe and supportive environment
  • Support students at risk

 

Wellbeing Staff

Support and wellbeing of our students is a priority at Rutherglen High School. A number of counsellors are available for students to speak to by referral. Please contact the Wellbeing Coordinator, Amanda Steer, at Amanda.kaczmarek@education.vic.gov.au   to:  organise appointments for students to see the school counsellors; provide referrals to external agencies that can assist students and families; organise Student Support Group meetings.

The availability of counsellors is as follows:

 

Matthew Povey  (Counsellor) – Tuesday and Wednesday (weekly)

Jess O’Donnell  (Social Worker) – Monday (weekly)

Veronica from Headspace  (Youth Counsellor) – Friday (fortnightly)

Shannon Cleary, our School Nurse, is also available to speak to students. She is at the school twice a week, usually on Monday and Thursday for:

  • Informal counselling
  • Health issues
  • Group Programs – Girls Group, Boys Group, Meditation and Stress Relief, Breakfast Program
  • Training Staff for appropriate responses to Anaphylaxis and Diabetes issues
  • Parent support

Doctor Sally Smith will run a clinic at the school once a fortnight through the Doctors in Secondary Schools program.  All appointments will remain free for the students, that is, they are bulk-billed through Medicare.   Appointments can be made via the Rutherglen High School link http://www.corowamed.com.au/high-school-clinic-rutherglen/ or by calling the Corowa Medical Centre (02) 6030 5500.   Students can also go to The Clinic during recess and lunchtimes to make an appointment.

 

Expenditure and Financial Assistance

Books and School Requisites
Booklists will be distributed to students late October/early November.  A supplier will be organised each year that parents will deal with directly via a website in order to purchase supplies.

Curriculum and Material Services
In order to reduce the cost of books to parents, in many subjects, class sets of texts are purchased by the School for the pupils use. Photocopied and duplicated materials are also provided for student use in most subjects. A levy will appear on the booklist to cover these costs.

School Camps
School Camps operate at Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. Adequate notice is provided to allow families to budget for the camps and to make an initial deposit as well as periodic payments. Parents are also able to utilise EMA payments to cover the cost of camps. Students can also participate in fundraising activities to reduce the costs of the more expensive camps.

Other Financial Assistance
Where parents find the cost of keeping pupils at school a hardship, an application can be made for the prevision of assistance for books and/or maintenance. Four forms of government assistance are available:

  • Newstart Allowance – An allowance is available for students over 16 years of age, on a needs basis. Details are available from Centrelink.
  • Conveyance Allowance – When pupils reside more than 4.8 kilometres from the School bus route, an application can be made for a Conveyance Allowance towards the cost of transport by car. Application forms should be obtained from the School office during the first week of the school year.
  • State Schools Relief – This can assist with the purchase of uniforms, shoes and or specialised calculators for Senior levels.
  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) :  A set amount of money to assist parents/guardians with sport and excursions throughout the year. A total of $250.00 per child is given if you are a health care or sole parent pension card holder.
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