The Student Services team at Banksia Park International High is led by the Assistant Principal for Student Services (Senior Leader) and includes the Principal, Assistant Principal (International), School Counsellor, Vocational Education and Pathways Counsellor, Year Level Managers, Christian Pastoral Support Worker, and teachers involved with Special Education programs, Student Voice and Aboriginal Education.
The team works together to support the diverse range of students in our community. This includes work in the following areas:
1. Extended Caregroup program
All students at Banksia Park International High School participate in our Extended Caregroup Program which is targeted at the needs of specific year levels. This program includes the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) SACE unit which our students complete across years 8, 9 and 10.
2. Whole School and Year Level Assemblies
As a school we usually meet twice a term to celebrate the academic and co-curricular successes of our students. Special Assemblies are held for visiting dignitaries and special occasions. Year Level Assemblies usually occur several times per term.
Our school counsellor is available to assist individual students or small groups of students with any concerns at school. In addition, our Vocational Education and Pathways Counsellor is available to assist students in planning their individual pathways including post secondary school study and training options.
5. Aboriginal Education
Our Aboriginal students are supported in their learning by our Aboriginal Education Teacher, Ms Pam Tombs, and Aboriginal Community Education Officer, Chloe Copp. Together they work with our Aboriginal students, families and BPIHS teachers to support the students to excel in their education and future pathways. A number of opportunities arise for students to attend functions and celebrations in the community embracing Aboriginal culture and identity.
6. Christian Pastoral Support Worker
Andrew Kieselbach is our Christian Pastoral Support Worker. He provides a friendly adult presence in the yard at lunchtimes and recess times for students. Andrew’s role includes: in-class support of students, provision of Café 12 facilities for Year 12 students, the co-ordination of visiting groups to provide lunchtime activities and a point of contact for students with social needs.
Our VET/ Pathways Coordinator provides valuable information to students around TAFE and University courses as well as regular updates about opportunities for traineeships, apprenticeships and employment through our Transition Broker. Assistance and advice with the application process is provided. Information sessions from TAFE, Universities and Employment Agencies help students to make valid and informed choices about their futures.
8. Year 12 Valedictory
Our final celebration for our Year 12 students is the Year 12 Valedictory Ceremony which is held each year at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Each year 12 student is presented on stage before parents, friends, fellow students, staff and invited guests, musical items entertain and a guest speaker provides parting words of encouragement or challenge to our graduates as they prepare to venture on to a variety of future pathways. Special Awards and Subject Awards are presented at this ceremony, recognising the contributions, talents and achievements of our Year 12 students.