The school has two dedicated student wellbeing leaders, Ms Paige Higgins who supports students in Years 8-10 and Ms Silvia Vezis who supports students in Years 11-13. Assisting them are several Youth workers, a Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) and members of leadership.
The role of the student wellbeing leader is to support students learning and wellbeing. Student wellbeing leaders are available to assist students with their needs throughout the day via booked appointments. They are conveniently located near their focus students, Ms Vezis on A-Floor in the Senior School Area and Ms Higgins on B-Floor in the Middle School Area.
Our student wellbeing leaders are responsible for a range of duties including;
Since 2011, Parafield Gardens High School has engaged in and developed a close relationship with the Sammy D Foundation. All year 8 students undertake an impact presentation and team building activities with the Sammy D Foundation on year 8 camp. Through the telling of Sam's story, students learn about the consequences of violence. Following the presentation, from Neil Davis, students undertake workshops which empower students to make positive, safe choices.
In 2008, 17 year old Adelaide teenager Sam Davis went out with his friends to a party on a Saturday night, just like hundreds of teens around Australia. The difference was that Sam was to fall victim of a violent and unprovoked one punch assault that left him on life support with a fatal head injury.
Following the devastating loss, Sam's parents Nat Cook and Neil Davis founded the Sammy D Foundation, with the ultimate aim of providing skills for young people in order to prevent such a tragedy from happening in our community again.
Dream It Crew
Initiated in 2012, the Dream IT program stands for 'Dance Representing Expression Awareness and Mentoring through Inclusive Transition'. It is a joint initiative between PGHS and the Sammy D foundation to promote engagement in young people. Through your child's participation in DREAM IT they will gain:
New skills in creative dance and personal expression through physical movement.
Opportunities to 'empower' others and to make positive life choices.
Leadership skills and mentoring capabilities amongst young people from various cultural backgrounds.