Catholic Education South Australia


Student Support

“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.”- Anonymous

Learning support

At St Mark’s College we cater for all students. We recognise the uniqueness of all students and the importance of providing positive opportunities to develop and nurture each individual’s gifts. Our classrooms accommodate those with diagnosed disabilities and learning difficulties under the guidance of a specialised Special Education Teacher. There are a variety of learning needs in every classroom and an inclusive model of education is supported.

At St Mark’s College we believe that we must:

  • respect the dignity of each person
  • be inclusive of all students
  • show sensitivity, justice and compassion.

St Mark’s College is committed to the inclusion of all students, acknowledging that students with disabilities may have special educational needs in the school setting and adjustments are made accordingly. For students with special education needs, at the time of enrolment close liaison occurs between families, the Principal, Special Education Teacher and Catholic Education SA personnel. This will be followed up with an Individual Education Plan. Ongoing monitoring of the student’s needs, evaluation of the learning program and reviews will take place. Allied Health Professionals visit the school weekly and liaise with both parents and teachers.

In addition to classroom support, our students are supported with the Learning Assistance Partnership Program (LAPP).

How do I find out more information?

To discuss your child’s individual needs, or for further information about the range of learning support programs at St Mark’s College, please contact:

Louise Richards
Special Education Coordinator
P 08 8633 8862

School Counsellor

At St Mark’s College we believe that feeling safe and supported is the right of everyone in our school community.

Support for all our students

As they grow, children face a range of issues, at school, within friendship groups or at home. As a College, we want to support our students through life's challenges, equipping them with positive ways to cope.

Our students at both our Primary and Secondary campuses are supported by an onsite School Counsellors, Ellen Bunfield & Susan Read, who provide a friendly, private and confidential service to assist with a range of school and personal issues. Ellen is the Bosco Campus school counsellor, she is an experienced counsellor who studied a Bachelor of Social Work at University of South Australia. Susan is the Benedict school counsellor. She has been a qualified social worker since 2004 and has a daughter who attends St Marks as a reception.

Students and their families can make an appointment during and outside of school hours, depending on availability.

This free service is accessible to all students, families with concerns about their child can also contact the School Counsellor for support. Information revealed to School Counsellors remains confidential, and will not be repeated to teachers, parents or anyone without permission (unless there is risk of harm or danger). If you do not wish for your child/ren to receive school counselling services, please notify the Principal in writing

The School Counselling program assists students with issues such as:

  • Family and Friends
  • Mental Health, self-esteem and body image
  • Stress and time management
  • School
  • Anger and conflict
  • Bullying
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol and drug related
  • Relationships
  • Communication

To access the school counselling service contact

Benedict Student Office

P 8633 8802


Useful tips for parents

For great tips on supporting your child through both Primary and Secondary schooling visit the Student Wellbeing Hub.


455 The Terrace, Port Pirie South Australia 5540
T 08 8633 8800

Benedict 08 8633 8802
Bosco 08 8633 8801 or text 0428 475 539