Health, Wellbeing & Safeguarding
IST is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students and the community.
IST has a qualified School Nurse on campus throughout the school day. The nurse takes care of students who are unwell in the designated nursing clinic. The nurse keeps records on all students who visit the clinic and is in contact with parents if the illness requires the student to leave school.
IST is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all students. As well as the dedicated Nurse on campus, we have two Counsellors and a team of homeroom Advisors who work together to create the best environment in which students are able to develop and grow on a personal and academic level. We are a school that prides itself on implementing an Advisory Programme that support students to become resilient, as well as socially, physically, emotionally and mentally well.
IST has two counsellors, Ms Jessica Bartolozzi in the Primary school and Ms Karen Skelly in the Secondary School. The Counsellors work with students individually, in small groups, with classes and grade levels. The Counsellors are available to meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have with their child. The Counsellors work closely with teachers and have developed an age and developmentally appropriate, relevant and engaging Advisory curriculum.
The Advisory Programme and Advisors
In the Primary School each class works with the class teacher to learn about health and wellbeing topics through their programme of inquiry.
In the Secondary School each student is assigned to a Homeroom and allocated an ‘Advisor’ who meets daily with the class. The Advisor is an adult mentor who gets to know their students, listens to their concerns and provides guidance and support as appropriate. Among other things, the Advisor monitors the student’s academic and social progress and is available to talk with students about issues and concerns.
There are times when the Advisor may take on the role of advocate, representing the needs and interests of the young people they work with in consultation with subject teachers, School Counsellors and School Leadership.
The Advisor facilitates the Advisory programme activities that guides students through developmentally appropriate themes and issues relevant to their grade level and group. The purpose of the programme is to establish connectedness and build resilience through the delivery of developmentally appropriate topics and activities.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
IST is committed to safeguarding student wellbeing. It is the fundamental right of all children and young people, to learn and develop in a secure and safe environment. IST has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that children in its care are not placed at any risk of harm and we take this responsibility seriously.
The IST Child Protection Policy is promoted to all students at the beginning of the school year (and for new students on their entry throughout the school year). We have a designated Child Protection Officer and Team who conduct student information and awareness sessions through the Advisory Programme from Early Years through to Grade 12, using age appropriate language, activities and materials. All staff at IST are trained annually in Child Protection regarding student safeguarding, child abuse prevention, recognition, intervention and reporting. Our policy is communicated and adopted by all stakeholders.