For Youth Support Worker Danielle Coleman, a day at Alesco isn’t complete without sharing life experiences.
Our young people can often get so stuck on their relationships and problems that they are overwhelmed. Providing different perspectives on life’s challenges, particularly to those who hold a negative view of school, is paramount.
“What I really appreciate about Danielle” says Math Teacher Jo Paix “is that she teaches a model of tolerance and understanding that can be applied by all of us across our School. Danielle reminds us that you don’t know anyone’s story. You don’t know what other people are going through, and for many young people that really helps put things into perspective”.
“Getting to know each individual person and how they need me to respond is crucial”, says Danielle. “I listen to their voice and advocate for them in what are often challenging environments”.
Feeling safe – physically and psychologically – is key to our School’s success as Students can be momentarily overwhelmed and then move on. Without a focus on wellbeing, there is no learning, so unknotting the heart is key.
And for many, that unknotting starts as soon as they arrive at School. “The ever calm and kind Grace Donohue in our office is the first person that many Students see in the morning”, says Danielle. “Grace is an essential and vital link between Parents, Teachers and Students and contributes a great deal to our culture of continuous improvement”.
For further information about enrolling for Year 9 or 10 in 2020, call our Office on 02 6652 5378 or visit www.coffscoastalescoschool.nsw.edu.au