Pastoral care has been a significant part of the support network at Hawthorndene Primary School (HPS) for over seventeen years. It provides an immediate in-school link to well-being support for members of the school community. Pastoral care workers (PCWs) play a support and referral role as they are not qualified to provide an official counselling or psychology service within the school. Having a PCW deepens our capacity as a school to value the emotional health of our students and in turn create greater learning outcomes. We know that when children feel safe emotionally they are more likely to face challenges with resilience.
Since 2015, Jem has been Hawthorndene’s PCW. Jem has a Bachelor of Applied Social Science where she majored in youth work. She has worked in multiple educational and residential settings alongside vulnerable young people and is especially passionate about emotional and social well-being of children.
Jem provides 1:1 well-being support, runs social skills programs like What’s The Buzz and Kimochis and co-ordinates an in-school Kid’s Hope mentoring program. Jem puts emphasis on seeking out advice and support from other professionals in order to provide the most relevant care to our students at HPS. She also loves gardening, patterned socks, salt and vinegar chips and that feeling you get on Friday night just before the weekend starts.
If you feel as though you or your child would benefit from some extra well-being support please contact the school for more information.
My name is Judy and I am working alongside Jem as the second Pastoral Care Worker at Hawthorndene PS. I have really enjoyed getting to know the students and the staff here at the school over the last few weeks and looking forward to getting involved in more of the school fun!
Some of the highlights have been joining in on Lego club, visiting classrooms, playing Jenga and meeting some pretty awesome people. I will be in the super cool little office upstairs on Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays.