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Student services and support programs

STLAN

The Support Teacher Literacy and Numeracy (STLAN)'s focus is on the collection, analysis and maintenance of data on Literacy and Numeracy achievement and the documentation of responses made to underachievement.  

STLANs provide support to school teams and individual teachers in identifying patterns of achievement and selecting intervention strategies at whole school, cohort and individual levels. 

Learning support is offered to students who are in need. Support may be offered individually or in small groups.  

Ipswich East State School is committed to identifying and supporting those students who struggle with the curriculum and have difficulty attaining the academic achievements of their peers.  

It is important to note that teachers at Ipswich East State School differentiate the curriculum in all classrooms to ensure students are supported and work is at an appropriate level to meet each student’s needs.  

Extension Days and Activities

Ipswich East State School students are given opportunities to participate in extension days and activities throughout the year such as Days of Excellence, Sporting Events and Workshop. 

Chaplaincy and guidance

The school offers support to students and their families in a number of different ways. These include chaplaincy, counselling, family support, and liaison between agencies and families. 

Ipswich East State School is very fortunate to have a chaplain to support our whole school community.  

What can your school chaplain do?

A school chaplain is a safe person for children to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence and a message of hope. They care for students and families struggling with confusing relationships, peer pressure and self-esteem issues, family breakdown, depression, suicide, bullying, drug issues, physical, sexual and emotional abuse. 

Chaplains run positive, fun activities for children, both in and out of school, and foster a supportive, caring school community. This includes support for at-risk students, support for staff and families from the wider school community, and spiritual support and direction for the school community.

The partnership between the school and the chaplain, supported by local churches, businesses and community organizations provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help children to face issues and provide hope, connection, meaning and purpose. 

Guidance Officer

The Guidance Officer is employed by Education Queensland to support the needs of children, families and staff. A Guidance Officer is allocated to each school based on the number of students at the school. Ipswich East State School’s current allocation is 3 days a fortnight.  

Guidance Officers working in schools are qualified teachers who have undertaken further tertiary studies in a Masters of Educational Studies and specific training in guidance, counselling and psychology. 

The Guidance program in our school is there to support the entire school community in a variety of ways. The Guidance Officer works collaboratively within the school context. There are times that students, parents, caregivers or teachers may need someone to talk to for various reasons. This is generally done as one-to-one counselling or sometimes as part of a group process.

Other issues that the Guidance Officer may help with is formal psychometric assessments, referrals to other agencies for appropriate support for children and their families as well as providing information about education, behaviour, resilience, available programs to support parents and children , child development and other issues that may arise around these areas of interest to children and their families. 

Before the Guidance Officer works with a student who has been referred, written permission is obtained from parents/carers to do so. Confidentiality is important and maintained between the Guidance Officer and student, except when someone (student or other) is in danger. This is explained to students at the first session, while also encouraging them to talk to someone at home or in their community that they trust.

If you have any concerns regarding your child, please talk with your child’s class teacher first. After consideration, the teacher, Principal or Deputy Principal may suggest that a referral needs to be made to the Guidance Officer, either directly if urgent or through the Special Needs Committee. Cases are discussed in this forum and prioritised so that the most urgent issues are dealt with first. Parents will be informed of how the process is progressing and what needs to happen in relation to the student, their well- being and their learning.