Catholic Education Tasmania is inclusive of all students and caters for students with additional needs and those with a disability.
As a Catholic organisation, the Gospel of Christ compels us to be attentive to the pastoral care, and the social and emotional well-being of all our students and staff. Catholic Education Tasmania responds to the needs of all members of our school communities in a sensitive and just manner which respects the innate dignity of every human person.
Tasmanian Catholic schools and colleges have access to our centralised Student Support Services to deliver appropriate support to students with additional needs and/or disabilities. A range of expertise, personnel, and resources are provided to support all students' access to and participation in learning. Each school provides a range of pastoral care and well-being programs and strategies designed to assist and support our students and families through grief, loss, trauma, illness, and times of stress. We are ably supported by CatholicCare, as well as a number of widely-respected external support agencies to deliver these services.
Catholic Education Tasmania works in collaboration with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support students with a disability in schools. CET also supports students with Speech Pathology, Psychological testing and support, Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy, Hearing Impairment, and Autism.
CET participates in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD). Data teams within schools use their professional judgement to determine which students are being provided with a reasonable adjustment to access education on the same basis as a student without a disability, consistent with the definitions and obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Education (2005).
If your child is experiencing emotional challenges of any kind please contact your child's school Principal as soon as possible to discuss available support.
Rainbows is a not-for-profit international organisation that offers training and programs for establishing peer support groups in schools, social agencies and community groups, anywhere where young people meet on a regular basis with their peers. These programs are available for children and adults of all ages who are grieving a death, divorce or any other painful transition in their family.
Since it is necessary for emotional healing to take place after a significant loss, the support group provides those grieving an opportunity to share their feelings in an accepting environment supported by trained, caring and compassionate adults.
The aim of Rainbows is to assist in building a stronger self-esteem and to direct participants toward a healthy resolution of the changes that have taken place in their personal lives.