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Guidance Officer

An Education Queensland guidance officer is based at Bundaberg West State School two days each week, Monday and Friday. The guidance officer is available to work with students, teachers and families on a variety of issues.

If you would like to speak with the guidance officer please contact the school office by to make an appointment.

School Chaplain

Our school chaplain is at West each Monday and Friday to listen and talk to children. 

A chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence and message of hope. They care for students struggling with confusing relationships, peer pressure and self-esteem issues, family breakdown, depression, suicide, bullying, drug issues, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Chaplains run positive, fun activities for young people, both in and out of school and foster a supportive caring school community. This includes support for at-risk students, support for staff and families from the wider school community, and spiritual support and direction for the school community.

Special Programs

A Special Program has been an integral part of Bundaberg West since 1983. Currently this program caters for approximately 50 students with disabilities verified under Education Queensland’s Education Adjustment Program.

The Special Program is staffed with approximately 4 teachers including a Head of Special Education Services plus a number of teacher aides. This Program is very much a part of the culture of “West” clearly expressed in the appreciation of diversity demonstrated by staff and students through participation in all spheres of school life.

Special Programs are matched to the students’ needs identified through individual Education Adjustment Profiles. These Programs can include:

  • Modified Key Learning curricula such as functional communication, literacy and numeracy
  • Independent Life Skills with an experiential focus
  • Social/ emotional development and skills
  • Positive behaviour support
  • Disability specific adjustments such as speech language intervention, motor therapy programs and vision impairment program

Options for program delivery include:

  • Participation in a regular classes with additional support
  • Special Program classes of 6 to 10 students where both the learning environment and program are modified and managed by a specialist teacher. Supported participation in regular classes and campus activities are orchestrated to build individual student confidence and success
  • Various individual and small group program delivery adjustments tailored to very specific needs as part of either of the above models

Facilities include Special Program classrooms, life skills kitchen areas and disability access toilets.

Learning Support

Learning Support at Bundaberg West State School is provided so that all students are able to work at their own ability level within the class program.

Through the Appraisement Process we are able to identify those students who may be experiencing learning difficulties in the areas of literacy, numeracy or learning how to learn.

The Support Teacher Learning Difficulties completes a range of assessment tasks and a support plan is developed to meet the specific needs of each student. Support may be provided in a number of ways -

  • working one to one with students
  • withdrawing small groups
  • assisting the teacher in class
  • collaborative planning with the class teacher
  • providing resources, strategies and advice
  • referring students to specialist services (Guidance Officer, Speech Language Pathologist)
  • liaising with specialists and co-ordinating specialist programs.

Learning difficulties may be due to a range of factors, which can either be part of student development or due to external factors which effect a child’s life. Regardless of the cause, all students are capable of addressing their own particular learning difficulties with appropriate scaffolding and support from teachers, teacher aides, specialists and parents within the school community.

A co-ordinated approach is vital and we value the participation of staff, family and the students themselves in creating a supportive learning environment that will enable all students to reach their full potential.