Peter’s a class act
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.
Matthew Oakes, Tania Allen, Peter Schmidt from student services, Sativa O'Connor and Vijay Saiyinthan.
Matthew Oakes and Tania Allen with WA Education Awards nominee Peter Schmidt, Sativa O'Connor and Vijay Saiyinthan.