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Student Health & Wellbeing

BLENDED LEARNING

Blended Learning is a term used to describe the process of combining online web tools and media with traditional classroom methods in order to improve engagement, collaboration and accessibility for students. At Kings Meadows High School, we believe that Blended Learning is a powerful way to transform education; through the use of these tools and learning management systems, we can empower students to have a say in the time, place and pace of their learning.

CANVAS

Canvas is our new Department of Education online Learning Management System. It is a virtual classroom – a space where teachers can collaboratively plan units of work, students can engage with their learning, access resources, and seek and receive feedback, and progress can be tracked and celebrated. We are excited about the endless possibilities that Canvas can offer for staff, students, and families and we look forward to further progressing our work in this space.

EXTENSION PROGRAM

The Department of Education provides a range of online learning programs to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in schools state-wide. The programs are collectively known as the Gifted Online programs and they provide online extension and enrichment across a wide range of learning areas. These programs are facilitated by teachers who are very experienced in extending and enriching learning for gifted and talented students. Students are able to connect and work with other gifted and talented students from around Tasmania through the Gifted Online programs. Selected Kings Meadows High School students participate in their chosen online course for one hour per week with close to 50 students participating in 2018. Examples of some of the courses undertaken in 2018 include: Japanese, French, Maths Extended, STEM in space, Creative Writing and Tech time.

FLEXIBLE PROGRAMS

Flexible programs at Kings Meadows High School are designed to help students engage actively in school life and to achieve success through a wide range of activities and social learning opportunities. Support is provided on an individual and small group basis and utilises students’ strengths and interests to assist them to achieve positive outcomes. Flexible Learning Programs in 2018 included: Senior Building and Construction, Building Better Homes and Gardens, STEAM, Rock & Water and working with Children.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

School Social Work

Kings Meadows High School has access to a School Social Worker.  Students within our school have diverse abilities and needs. School social work is driven by a deep belief that every person has the right to positive and successful learning experiences.

School Social workers facilitate students’ access to support and resources. They work at the interface between the student, school organisation and curriculum, peers, family, neighbourhood and wider society to promote participation and achievement.

School Social workers have professional skills and knowledge in many areas including:

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Personal safety and wellbeing
  • Mental Health: depression, anxiety
  • Conflict resolution and restorative justice
  • Attendance and retention
  • Relationships, Grief and loss
  • Sexuality and  Sexual Health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Critical Incidents
  • Counselling

School Psychologist

School psychologists provide interventions for learning, engagement and positive student outcomes.
School psychologists are experts in mental health and learning in schools.

They provide services including:

  • Counselling, therapy and programs for students.
  • Assessments of developmental, cognitive and educational functioning to assist learning plans and educational adjustments for students.
  • Consultation and collaboration with schools, staff, parents and other professionals and organisations.
  • Promotion of the Department’s values of Equity and Excellence through building capacity in our schools through professional learning.
  • Leadership, advice and support in response to crises and critical incidents that impact upon students, families and school communities.
  • Creation of Respectful and Collaborative Relationships within school communities.
  • Identification of needs and program development for assisting school improvement and wellbeing in schools and across the Learning Service. 

School Nurse

School health nurses work collaboratively with the support teams of both primary and secondary schools and the Tasmanian Health Service.

School health nurses support schools to create a physical and social environment that promotes health and wellbeing, and assists to improve the health and education outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania.

The focus for Secondary Schools:

  • Promotion of good health and wellbeing.
  • Targeted vision and hearing checks.
  • Local, state and national health promotion initiatives.
  • Health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum including sexual health and healthy relationships, addictions and risk behaviours including drug and alcohol, resilience and mental health, body esteem, physical activity and nutrition.
  • Positive parenting for teenagers with babies.
  • Assisting schools with the management of complex medical conditions.
  • Addressing any medical issues that may be impacting learning.
  • Drop in clinics for students to empower their health choices.

Chaplain

Kings Meadows High School is part of the National School Chaplaincy Program. School chaplains support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.

Some of the things chaplains do include:

  • Providing students and families with support and referrals in times of crisis
  • Assist with the running of breakfast clubs
  • Developing leadership and support programs for students
  • Participating in school activities such as sport, camps and gardens.

Chaplains do not talk to students about religion, unless the student requests them to.

MOBILE PHONE & PERSONAL DEVICE AGREEMENT

Mobile Phone and Personal Device Agreement

LEARNING SUPPORT

Kings Meadows High School is an inclusive learning environment where student’s individual learning needs are catered for. Through Differentiated Classroom Practice, teachers understand the value of differences in learning, they get to know their students as individuals and where they are up to in their learning and respond proactively to cater for students' needs, strengths and interests. Through supports such as Learning Plans, our evidence based Reading Program and our incredible team of Teacher Assistants we ensure that each and every learner is catered for.

MEDICAL

If your child requires medication whilst they are at school, you must advise the school administration or principal to ensure that the school staff are clearly informed of requirements for medication.

Medication should only be prescribed during school hours when absolutely necessary.

Self-administration of some medication (e.g. Ventolin, EpiPens and insulin) may be authorised by a parent and/or a doctor. In accordance with the poisons act, students under 13 should not be self-administering medication unless stated in the medical action and management plan.

You must provide permission, for any non-prescribed or prescribed medication required to be taken by your child at school.

The school will ask you to:

  • Complete a written request to the school to administer the medication. Click here for the Tasmanian Department's website where you can download the form
  • Provide signed authorisation from your medical practitioner/pharmacist or nurse giving specific instructions for the administration of the medication.
  • Transfer the medication safely to the school.
  • Provide the medication in the originally prescribed containers only.
  • Help prepare a Medical Action Plan for your child if required.

Click here for the Medication in Tasmanian Government Schools brochure