Student Support Services
Currently, there is too much emphasis on exams, qualifications and academic attainment, and not enough focus on the wellbeing of students. Wellbeing provision in schools is inconsistent and varies greatly across the world. This has created a situation, where some schools effectively support children to build resilience and develop their social and emotional knowledge and skills, whilst other schools do not. In OCACW student wellbeing is a priority because a “good school place” must be one which promotes good mental health and resilience, as well as academic achievement. Circumstances can change very quickly for students, for schools and for their communities. The way schools respond to wellbeing-related concerns, issues, crises and incidents is closely linked to the way in which the school culture and associated values and beliefs underpin the curriculum, responses and pastoral care decisions. A strong wellbeing culture provides a foundation to fall back on in time of need. It guides the caring practice in the school and the school community is more resilient in dealing with traumatic incidents and restoring students' wellbeing. Our team of experts is working tirelessly alongside our teachers, staff and parents to make sure our students are healthy, safe and balanced in the life they lead on campus.
University Applications Centre
Highly qualified and experienced professional counsellors assist students in identifying colleges and universities which best match their strengths and interests, and also provide support and advice in completing the necessary applications. A careers counsellor is also available to guide students in their consideration of possible career paths and potentially relevant university programmes.
The goal of an advisory programme is to help students figure out who they are, where they’re headed, and how they’re going to get there. Through an advisory system, each student has an adult who knows them and helps them navigate through their school years, so that they leave with a meaningful, personalized plan and are prepared for postsecondary options. An advisory programme is a key component of a distributed student guidance strategy that includes regular meetings between an advisor and a group of students, that meets at regular intervals, has a clear focus, and is something in which all students and staff participate in.