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Support and resources

High school and adolescence are times of great change in students’ lives. At different stages students may be more comfortable talking one on one or in a small group. The following people and programs are available to assist students in need of support or advice.

Academic Performance​​

Initially we ask that students speak with their subject teachers about academic performance. If students would prefer to talk with someone else or raise their concerns across a number of subjects then they can speak with their Student Manager.

Homework Centre

If students require assistance to understand or complete homework or assignments tasks they are welcome to attend Homework Centre. Access to teacher assistance, computers, internet and printers are available. Completed permission forms are a pre-requisite to attending.

Year Coordinators 

These coordinators are responsible for the school pastoral care program, particularly as it relates to their individual year level.

Student Managers

The Student Manager is the first point of contact for parents/carers should they have concerns or wish to make appointments with a number of class teachers. Student Managers liaise extensively with students, teachers, parents/carers and administration to ensure that students receive appropriate advice and support across a range of issues, including attendance and uniform.


The Librarian can assist students, through booked appointments, to use the library and internet resources most productively.
Interyear ‘buddy’ Program

At the commencement of the year, all Year 7 and 8 students participate in an Interyear Program, where small groups of Year 7 and 8 students are buddied with responsible Year 12 students, who help them develop friendships and become familiar with the school and its operations.

Form Teachers

Form Teachers meet with their form students at the beginning of each day for roll marking, sharing student notices, passing on individual messages and pastoral care.

Engagement Officer

The Engagement Officer works with Deputy Principals and families to support better student attendance and engagement in school.

The Guidance Officer is available to help and advise students and their parents/carers on matters as diverse as subject selection, career paths, emotional and social concerns, scholarships and tertiary admissions procedures.

Behaviour Support Teacher

This teacher provides support to students who need to develop strategies to better manage their behaviour.

Youth Support Coordinators

These staff members provide support to students in years 10 to 12 to remain engaged in education and to enhance their opportunities for further education and employment​.

School-based Youth Health Nurse

The School Nurse is based at the school to provide students with counselling on health-related issues and also plays a role in a range of educational programs, particularly in health, nutrition and human relationships.

Community Education Counsellor

The CEC is available to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect Teachers

These staff members are available to support the range of students from diverse cultural backgrounds for whom English is an additional language or dialect and who have recently arrived in Australia.

International Student Program and Homestay Coordinators

These coordinators provide support to international students who come to Harristown to be immersed in the English language while completing their secondary school studies. This support extends to the coordination of homestay accommodation.

Industry Placement Officer

Working in the vocational education (VET) area, this staff member supports students wishing to undertake work experience, a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) or SQIT course.

School Chaplain

A School Chaplain can be accessed by students if they seek personal guidance.

Police Liaison Officer​

As part of the current approach to policing, which places a greater emphasis on community involvement and prevention, our School-based Police Officer plays a role in the education of students and is available to answer questions.

Support Committee

The Support Committee considers referrals about individual students and works with the staff to promote effective differentiation to cater for all learners.