Year Advisers

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Year Advisers are responsible for wellbeing and its impacts on the learning of the students in their year group. They work closely with the school wellbeing team and classroom teachers. They are usually the first point of contact for parents in relation to any issues or problems about a student. Year Advisers are dedicated and an integral part of the school community. They work closely with staff and parents to provide the earliest possible intervention that prevents problems for their students.

The role of the Year Adviser at Sydney Boys High School

In providing guidance for and promoting the welfare of students in the Year:

  • To support individual students through difficult times
  • To assist teachers understand the practical needs of individual students every year
  • To monitor trends in individual students relating to – academic progress, classroom behaviour, attendance, social behaviour, adjustment etc and to refer, where necessary to counsellor, Principal, Deputy Principal, Head Teacher Welfare etc
  • To disseminate appropriate information to school personnel regarding issues affecting students in the year
  • To initiate/develop/enhance programs that develop and promote group cohesion and identification [encourage and support camps, dances etc]
  • Initiate and organise cohort meetings and the award scheme assembly
  • To support and have a willingness to teach Values Education
  • To support and liaise with SRC
  • To support and participate in Peer Support training and Peer Mediation training and selection processes
  • To promote, organise [with assistance of Outdoor Education co-ordinator] and attend Camps.
  • To maintain a register of students with Special Needs and advise Head Teacher Welfare
  • Assist with Speech Night/ advise all prize winners

As the interface between home and school:

  • To provide the initial point of contact for parents
  • To provide liaison between parents and the school
  • To update information on Students with Special Needs every year

As a member of the School Welfare Team:

  • To participate in the development and implementation of school policy relating to Student Welfare]
  • To attend Welfare committee meetings and Year Adviser meetings
  • To provide liaison with the School Counsellor and be proactive in referring students of concern
  • To produce an annual review  [initiatives/concerns] to assist other year Advisers

As an Administrator:

  • To maintain certain records on RISC systems
  • Maintain a check on whole day absences and intervene where necessary
  • To produce reports using school based software
  • To assist with new enrolment procedures
  • To co-ordinate the presentation of reports to parents
  • To regularly survey students and monitor interests/concerns

Specific duties of a Year 7 Adviser in the preceding year

  • Liaise with and visit feeder schools [term 4]
  • Organise Orientation Day [term 4] and Day 1 [term 1]