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Support and resources

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​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 students should speak with their subject teachers about their academic performance. If students would prefer to raise their concerns across a number of subjects then they can speak with their Positive Behaviour Coach.

Hawk Intervention time (HIT)

HIT occurs during​ period 7 & 8 on a Friday. HIT provides an additional opportunity for students to receive focused help and support to understand, and/or complete, specific concepts or tasks.

Clontarf Academy Staff

Indigenous boys of any age are encouraged to register with the Clontarf Academy, providing them access to support and activities to enhance personal development, schooling achievements and transition to work and further study.

Beyond Broncos

Indigenous girls of any age are encouraged to register with the Beyond the Broncos program providing them access support and activities to enhance personal development and school achievements.

Year Coordinators 

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

Positive Behaviour Coach

The Positive Behaviour Coach is the first point of contact should parents/carers have concerns or wish to make appointments with a number of class teachers. Positive Behaviour Coaches 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.

Librarian and Library staff

The Librarian assists students to use the library resources and technology to improve their academic achievements. The Librarian and Library staff help students develop as readers and increase access for all students to a wide range of reading materials for both reading time and inquiry learning.​

Int​eryear 'buddy' Program

At the commencement of the year, all Year 7 students participate in an Interyear Program, where small groups of Year 7 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.

QCE Attainment Coach

The QCE Attainment Coach is available to work with Year 11 and 12 students to ensure they are on an enjoyable and rewarding pathway to graduate with a QCE. Individual student data is collected, reviewed and used to guide and advise towards a successful Year 12 exit.

Engagement Officer

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

Guidance Officer

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 co-ordinators work with young people who are at risk of disengaging with school.

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. 

Industry Placement Officer

Education and Training  (VET) area, this staff member supports students wishing to undertake Work Experience, a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT) or TAFE QLD course. Certificate courses with RTOs external to Harristown are also available e.g. Aurora Training Institute, Binnacle Training College, Axiom College.

Diverse Learners Team

​The Diverse Learners Team considers referrals about the individual students and works with the staff to promote effective differentiation to cater for all learners.

School Chaplain

The School Chaplain can be accessed by students if they seek personal guidance. Participating in services offered by the Chaplain is voluntary.

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.​

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Last reviewed 10 February 2022
Last updated 10 February 2022