Guidance counsellors assist students in solving problems related to choosing, planning, adjusting and achieving goals in educational, career, personal, social and spiritual areas.
There is a counsellor-teacher available to all St. Augustine students. The counsellor is primarily responsible for assisting Grade 9 students with their high school registration in the spring.
Operating with an open door policy, the counsellor is available for consultation by students and parents when a concern impacting the student’s learning arises. The counsellor is able to informally assess the concern and provide a referral to approved agencies outside the school, if necessary. The counsellor at St. Augustine can be accessed in person, via telephone or e-mail.
The main objectives of the counselling program are to promote self-awareness, to encourage effective problem solving practices, and to develop effective decision-making strategies. The counsellor works in three capacities:
- Counselling - individually, in small groups, and in classes.
- Consulting - with students, teachers, parents, agencies, etc.
- Coordinating - group sessions, awards, field trips, etc.