Sarah Ross-Woolhouse

Pastoral Care Worker

At Flagstaff Hill R-7 School, students and parents have access to our on-site Pastoral Care Worker, Sarah Ross-Woolhouse.

As a PCW Sarah works across the school from Reception to Year 7. Her calming nature, empathy and thoughtful nature provide a strong sense of wellbeing to everyone she works with.

Sarah’s roles within the school are varied. She can often be seen working with students, families or staff in a variety of programs including:

  • Social skills program “what’s the buzz”.
  • Addressing changes to family life “seasons for growth”
  • Dealing with emotional upheavals
  • Working with students with alternative family lifestyles
  • Supporting families as a link between government agencies and the family
  • Supporting students, families and staff over the loss of a loved one

Sarah is trained and equipped to provide the school with a unique dimension of social, emotional and inclusive support in line with the DECD wellbeing framework. 

Parents can telephone the school to make an appointment, contact Sarah via email at sarah.rosswoolhouse630@schools.sa.edu.au or use the post box in the Front Office.

Gareth Woodward

Wellbeing Support Leader

Over the past 8 years Gareth has worked as a classroom teacher with students from Reception to Year 3. Over the past two years he has had the opportunity to work as a member of the leadership team in a variety of roles and currently works as the Wellbeing Support Leader.  

The aim of the Wellbeing Support Leader is to ensure the wellbeing and therefore positive engagement in their learning of all the students, staff and parents at Flagstaff Hill R-7 School.  In this role Gareth links many government and non-government agencies to the work that he and Sarah Ross-Woolhouse do in supporting the school.  

Whilst working across the whole school Gareth really enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that arise from the older students as they bring an interesting perspective to learning, behaviour and the management of their emotions.

Letter of Endorsement

Narelle Hodgson - Governing Council Chairperson

On behalf of the Flagstaff Hill R-7 School Governing Council and as Chairperson of the Governing Council it is with great pleasure that I comment on the role of PCW, Sarah Ross-Woolhouse.

As our school continues to from the demands for the role of PCW increase. Students, parents and families are continually needing the support of a PCW.

In her role as a PCW Sarah is providing a number of programs working with groups of students. She liaises with all classes and works with teaching staff to support student wellbeing across the school from Reception to Year 7. Parents and staff refer students to work with Sarah regarding a variety of issues, these may include:

  • Social skills programs: "What's the Buzz"
  • Addressing the change in family life "Season for Growth"
  • Dealing with emotional upheavals
  • Working with students and alternative family lifestyles
  • Working as a link between agencies and families
  • Sarah has also supported families who have experienced the loss of a loved one
  • She has promoted staff wellbeing by having special morning teas or placing treats in pigeon holes
  • Sarah has supported staff members as they have worked through a variety of personal problems
  • Sarah has acted as a link between families and outside agencies as they have worked through difficult issues.

Sarah is a highly valued staff member who has supported the wellbeing of students, staff and families at Flagstaff Hill R-7 School. At all times Sarah has been responsive, caring and thoughtful as she has worked with a wide range of students and families. Sarah's professional conduct has seen her continue to build upon her knowledge and skill base by attending workshops and seminars related to the field of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care.

Page last edited: November 9, 2016