Peter’s a class act

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

Peter Sch­midt’s work han­dling is­sues such as anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, bul­ly­ing and gen­der di­ver­sity at Como Sec­ondary Col­lege has earned him a nom­i­na­tion in the WA Education Awards. The Stu­dent Ser­vices Man­ager has been nom­i­nated for the School Ser­vices Staff Mem­ber of the Year award.

COMO Sec­ondary Col­lege’s Peter Sch­midt has been nom­i­nated as a School Ser­vices Staff Mem­ber of the Year fi­nal­ist for the WA Education Awards for his work over­see­ing pas­toral care.

The Kar­rinyup res­i­dent has worked at the col­lege for 11 years as its stu­dent ser­vices man­ager, where he su­per­vises a team of 10 staff in­clud­ing year co-or­di­na­tors, a chap­lain, nurse, psy­chol­o­gist and youth worker who main­tain so­cial and emo­tional sup­port struc­tures for chil­dren.

Mr Sch­midt said his team han­dled is­sues such as anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, bul­ly­ing, re­fer­rals to child pro­tect and gen­der di­ver­sity.

“I think schools have come a long way in the past 10 years with more of a fo­cus on the need to mon­i­tor men­tal health and sup­port for stu­dents,” he said.

“It’s a real team ef­fort in both try­ing to be proac­tive – run­ning health work­shops, school pro­grams on top­ics like re­silience and bring­ing in ser­vice providers for stu­dents to recog­nise where they can get ex­ter­nal help – as well as build­ing a rap­port and safe en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents feel they can come to us and self re­fer.”

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 26.­mu­ni­ d486042 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Matthew Oakes, Ta­nia Allen, Peter Sch­midt from stu­dent ser­vices, Sa­tiva O'Con­nor and Vi­jay Saiyinthan.­mu­ni­ d486042 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Matthew Oakes and Ta­nia Allen with WA Education Awards nom­i­nee Peter Sch­midt, Sa­tiva O'Con­nor and Vi­jay Saiyinthan.

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