One of the hallmarks of a Christian community such as ours is the nurturing and care we provide for the whole person. The Blackfriars Counselling Team provides a confidential counselling service for students, parents and staff while observing the manadatory notification principles.

The provision of our counselling service plays an important role in supporting the personal, emotional, social and intellectual development of each student complementing our school’s Pastoral care program from Reception to Year 12. It involves communicating relevant information and issues to the Principal, Heads of School, Heads of House and teaching staff when necessary. The role of the counselling team is considered to be an essential and important component of the student support network.

This service provides support, advocacy and a range of interventions appropriate to the circumstances. As counsellors at Blackfriars Priory School we are also involved in the implementation and delivery of early intervention programs, preventative programs as deemed appropriate and community education. Within our role as school counsellors we contributing to the review of student and staff welfare policies.

The Counselling team also provides advice on appropriate referral options to other professional support agencies for students when necessary. We actively liase with parents, staff and these professional agencies to support student well-being.

Students can be self-referred, teacher-referred, or parent-referred and can access our service on an individual or group basis. Mediation services are provided as required to further support our student, staff and parent wellbeing.