From the Director of Student Services

Thomas Carr College recognises the importance of the whole person and of partnerships with families when educating and supporting young people.  to ensure that the College is better able to meet the unique needs of individual students, the College's Student Services Department works collaboratively with teachers and families to support and challenge students within a strong ethic of caring.

 

G McCarthy

The Student Services team employs specialist personnel comprising of the Student Wellbeing Team, the Student Support Team, the Careers and Pathways Team and the College Nurse.

The Student Services Department aim to:

  • Work towards ensuring a positive, safe and supportive school environment for all members of the College community
  • Improve the processes for identifying, assessing and supporting young people who may be struggling or at risk
  • Provide pastoral support to students and families in times of need
  • Promote that student wellbeing is the responsibility of the entire College community working in partnership.

 

With a background in education and social work, Mrs McCarthy commenced at Thomas Carr College in 1999 where she has held various positions including teacher, Special Education Co-ordinator and Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Geralyn has a Bachelor of Arts (History and Psychology), a Bachelor of Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Education,  a Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Theology from the University of Divinity (Catholic theological College)..

With a strong interest in the wellbeing and education of young people, Geralyn has been primarily responsible for leadership of the pastoral care and wellbeing initiatives of the schools in which she has worked as well as the provision of consultancy to teachers on student wellbeing matters.

At Thomas Carr College, Geralyn has had a particular interest in linking wellbeing and learning through Social-Emotional Learning initiatives. Her work in schools as a counsellor and teacher in the area of student services has enabled her to identify and provide support to students who are vulnerable or who face challenging situations which impede their ability to learn.