What is Counselling?
Counselling provides an opportunity for children to talk, in confidence, about things that are worrying them or affecting their day to day life. What children choose to talk about is completely up to them, but common issues are bullying, parental separation, stress, friendships, change, bereavement, distressing traumatic events and anger.
What does the school counsellor do?
Counsellors are trained to listen without judging and to help children sort out their thoughts and feelings. Counsellors in primary schools often use creative activities such as drawing, art and writing to help a child express their concerns.
Why have a Counsellor in school?
When children are experiencing difficulties at home or in school their concentration and the way they behave can be adversely effected. The school counsellor provides counselling to children in a place that is familiar, safe and secure. By providing emotional support and enabling children to ‘off load’ feelings and anxieties counselling can help a child to concentrate more in class, feel better about themselves and build their self-confidence.
Where and when does counselling take place?
The school counsellor has an office on the 2nd floor. Sessions last up to 30 minutes (depending on the circumstances), and appointment times can be varied during the school day. Sessions are always conducted during non-core periods. The school counsellor can only meet with your child once you have signed the consent form.
Is it Confidential?
Whilst sessions are confidential, all parents/carers of primary school children will be offered an opportunity to meet with their child’s counsellor during the time they are receiving counselling. This will provide an opportunity for any concerns to be voiced, any questions to be answered or feedback to be given. In cases of self-harm or other risk issues, parents and school leaders will be informed immediately.
Teachers or parents can make a referral to the school counsellor.
You may contact the school counsellor, Mr Trevor Bamanshaw at 62552502 or email him at Bamanshaw_trevor_gerard@moe.edu.sg.