Student Welfare

The Riverside Girls High School community is committed to providing effective individual and whole school student welfare support strategies so that every student can develop her personal and intellectual potential within the dynamics of her secondary education.

The values which underpin the schools student support strategies are:

  • Acknowledging uniqueness
  • Communicating acceptance
  • Esteeming self and community
  • Celebrating diversity
  • Emphasizing the positive
  • Describing and applying the boundaries
  • Prescribing self reflection and evaluation
  • Encouraging initiative
  • Nurturing independence
  • Developing resilience 

 
The school community recognises the vital role played by other students, school staff, parents, carers and the extended family in achieving student wellbeing. The school also acknowledges the specific roles of educational, health and other community networks in supporting the school to fulfil this commitment to the students.
 
The Riverside GHS Student Welfare & Learning Support Team consists of:

  • Deputy Principal
  • Head Teacher Student Welfare
  • Learning Support Co ordinator
  • Year Advisers 7 - 12
  • Overseas Student Contact
  • School Counsellor
  • Support Teacher Learning Assistance (STLA) 

 


Student Welfare & Learning Support Strategies
The school uses a layered approach to achieve its commitment to students through individual:

  • Case management
  • Assessment by counsellor, STLA, and careers personnel
  • Teacher mentor program
  • Links with the broad educational support offered by regional support staff such as the Ryde Behaviour team, Home School Liaison and itinerant support teachers of hearing, vision and integration
  • Liaison with outside agencies such as Centrelink, Child & Adolescent & Family Health Centres, refuges, police youth liaison officer 

 
Each year group is supported by:

  • A year adviser
  • Year roll call groups
  • Year assemblies
  • Specific year activities such as sports gala days, picnics, BBQs, Jersey design 

 
Whole school programs implemented at Riverside include:

  • Merit Award system
  • The Stages Student Behaviour Management System
  • Leadership opportunities through the Student Representative Council
  • Pikas processes to address incidents of bullying
  • Student welfare components of the Year 7 & 8 Information & Communication Technologies program
  • Peer Support Training for Year 7 & 10
  • A Carelinks course for students of Year 9 experiencing attendance difficulties
  • Year 9 Ski Camp
  • Back off self defence courses for Year 10
  • Elements of the PDH mandatory 7-10 syllabus
  • The opportunity to apply for special examination provisions especially through the board of Studies for whole school exams from Years 10 to 12
  • Better Attitude Toward Health Day (BATH Day)
  • Programs such as Debating, MUNA, Band, Dance, Chess Club as well as knockout sports opportunities
  • Study skills and motivational seminars
  • Attendance monitoring and follow-up
  • Parent teacher evening 

 


Dealing with Meanness @ RGHS
Bullying in schools is a serious issue that requires a collective approach from all parties, the school, students and parents. The documents shown as links below provide an overview of the approach Riverside has developed over the past two years. Your support will assist us to create an environment in which your daughters can thrive as productive members of our school community.

At Riverside we celebrate diversity, respect individuals and value harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict and we want to ensure that the learning needs of all our students are addressed in a safe, secure and supportive environment.The traditional approach to bullying has been to identify it as an infringement of school rules and when bullying occurs, inform parents and punish the bullies.

Dr Ken Rigby Professor of Psychology at the University of South Australia and author of books 'Bullying in Schools and what to do about it' and 'Stop the Bullying' makes it clear that in the majority of cases this approach does not work, indeed he claims than in ten percent of cases the bullying actually gets worse. Instead he encourages schools to develop a multidiscipline approach including:
Ensuring students are able to identify bullying, know why we regard it as unacceptable and are armed with self protection strategies and reporting channels
Enabling teachers to deal effectively with incidences of bullying, including working with bullies to change their behaviour and empowering victims to develop resilience
Implementing interventionist programs such as 'Shared Concern'. Studies have shown these programs can reduce bullying incidents by up to 50 per cent.

Riverside's AB Project is a multilayered, strengths and solutions approach to social relationships. The AB Project addresses bullying in all its forms. We have measures in place to deal with a range of unacceptable behaviours which we have characterised on a scale of "mean", "too mean" and "extreme mean".

When students are "mean" they work through "SortIt" to enable then to sort out their conflict. Students who engage in "too mean" or "extreme mean" behaviour use "SolveIt", a non-punitive, interventionist process. If the "SolveIt" processes are successful and it is the first time the student has been involved in "too mean" or "extreme mean" behaviour, parents will NOT be informed, as we want to empower students to focus on personal, responsible solutions in the first instance. We encourage you to read the documents below to gain an understanding of the power of this approach in dealing with bullying and aggressive behaviours.

 

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Overview: Dealing with Meanness @ RGHS38.78 KB
AB @ RGHS50.78 KB
Solve It @ RGHS46.46 KB
Sort It @ RGHS42.67 KB
Flowcharts for dealing with meanness @ RGHS30.73 KB
Students engaging in criminal activity21.65 KB
Are You A Victim Of Crime?21.18 KB