Forbes High School

Education for a Better Quality of Life

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Staff in the hub

Sophie Limbert - School Counsellor

School counselling staff work collaboratively with teachers, families, school executive, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

School counsellors support students with a range of issues related to learning, peer and family relationships, and managing emotions such as depression, anxiety, worry or isolation. 

School counsellors have teaching and post-graduate qualifications in psychology, and hold registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Mark Ranger - School Counsellor

Mark intially trained as primary school teacher (Bach Eucation, 2009). In 2014, entered the school counsellor retraining program following an opportunity to pursue his passion for mental health and disability. Mark completed his retraining in 2018 (Grad Dip, Psychology specialising in school counselling).

Mark completed AHPRA registration in 2022 with certification of General Registration as a Psychologist (PSY-0002401576).

Mark's key interests include mental health and cognitive assessments and support of social, emotional and behavioural functioning in young people.

Abbey Swain - Student Support Officer

The Student Support Officer role involves working with the school  community, including students, parents, and school staff, as well as community organisations and the wider community, to support student well-being.

The goal as an SSO is to work alongside students to promote safety, resilience and pro-social behaviours, as well as being a point of call for students to seek advice, guidance, and support. It comprises workingwith student’s one on one, and in small groups. One on one supports consists of skill building, goal setting, problem solving and psychoeducation to assist students to manage mental health challenges or adversities.

Small groups are targeted to respond to complexities or challenges that may be impacting a broad cohort of students.

The SSO can make referrals to appropriate services within the community, or ensure a step up in care to the school counselling team is implemented if the needs of the student requires that support.

Nadika Mckeown, AEO

Proud Wiradjuri Woman

The purpose of the Aboriginal Education Officer is to provide learning and support for all our Aboriginal students and support all our students in class.

Nadika works closely with the Student Support Officer and Counsellors along with the Principal, Deputies, and all staff to best support the learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.

Nadika supports and teaches Aboriginal culture within the Girri Girri program, Nadika has recently implemented FHS Nginhagu Advisory Group (Nginhagu meaning belonging, Wiradjuri) to our school.

The Nginhagu Advisory group is open to all students and staff who want to support, celebrate, and learn about Aboriginal Culture. The Nginhagu Advisory Group is aimed to enhance students' and staff knowledge surrounding Aboriginal culture and the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led decisions within the school.

Nadika is dedicated to supporting positive cultural experiences and learning outcomes for students within our school and is pleased to be a part of FHS!