SPACE

Support for Psychological, Academic and Careers' Education

What we do

At St Stithians Boys’ College we believe in the nurturing of a holistic education that takes into account all facets of life and stages of development. We therefore have a department that supports learners with psychological and academic needs, and provides careers education.

The Psychological Support Department

This department is staffed by clinical psychologist Jody de Reuck and educational psychologist Greg Crighton. It aims to assist learners in achieving a sense of well-being, socially, behaviourally, emotionally and psychologically. Psychologists ascribe to a unique code of ethics and are compelled to keep what is said in counselling confidential. The vision is optimal mental health, not only support in challenging situations and circumstances.

Concerns dealt with by this department:

  • Enhancement of emotional intelligence and well-being
  • Optimisation of talent, potential and well-being
  • Improved self-concept and growth with regard to intrinsic motivation
  • Guidance and support on a variety of life issues
  • Change of ineffective and/or destructive behavioural patterns
  • Assistance with depression, stress, grief and anxiety
  • Help for the bullied and with bullying behaviour

The Academic Support Department

This department is staffed by Lidia Upton, director of academic support; Sally Duggan and Gladys Ayaya, learning support specialists; and educational psychologist Greg Crighton. It facilitates the development of organisational skills, study and assessment techniques, and goal setting. Assistance in the classroom and provision of teacher training and support to enhance learning potential is also offered. The department also focuses on overcoming barriers in an inclusive educational environment.

Learners who may need accommodation are identified, and the accommodation application process is managed. The department keeps parents informed of the application process. Once accommodation is granted, the administration and management of the accommodation is handled by learning support specialists.

Concerns dealt with by this department:

  • Learning support and organisation
  • Maximising learning potential
  • Academic accommodation and organisation thereof
  • Classroom assistance
  • Assesment of barriers to learning and developmnent of instructional practices to facilitate learning
  • Assistance in creating individualised structured programmes
  • Designing and implementing student progress monitoring systems
  • Teacher training and support

The Careers Education Department

This department is headed by Gareth Murray and focuses on helping boys choose suitable careers, as well as deciding which tertiary institutions and courses may best suit them. Mr Murray also assists with information about American SATs and local NBTs.

All queries and appointments are handled by our efficient office receptionist, Mrs Gia Ndaba.

Who we are:

Lidia Upton

Director of Academic Support (also teaches senior English)

Jody de Reuck

Director of Psychological Support (clinical psychologist)

Greg Crighton

Educational Psychologist (also a reading specialist)

Sally Duggan

Learning Support Specialist

Gladys Ayaya

Learning Support Specialist

Gareth Murray

Careers Consultant (also teaches Life Sciences)

Gia Ndaba

Office Receptionist

 

Contact us: 

Telephone: 011 577 6113

Location: Krige Block

Email: GNdaba@stithian.com