Support Team

Heads of School

There are three Heads of School; one for Junior Secondary School (Years 7 & 8), one for Middle Secondary School (Years 9 & 10) and one for Senior Secondary School (Years 11 & 12). Their responsibilities include:

  • Mental health and physical wellbeing
  • Academic achievement
  • Pathway planning
  • Promoting 100% attendance
  • Promoting positive behaviour
HOY Junior Secondary School
(Years 7 & 8)
Julie Paterson
HOY Middle Secondary School
(Years 9 & 10)
Kara Halvorson
HOY Senior Secondary School
(Years 11 & 12)
Michelle Downer

Year Coordinators

Year Coordinators support students’ personal and social development. They provide a link between parents and school staff and assist the Heads of School (HOY’s) in monitoring students’ progress throughout their journey at Ocean Reef SHS. Students and parents are encouraged to discuss with their Year Coordinator or other members of the Student Services’ team any concerns they have which may be affecting their child’s wellbeing and learning. Support of students’ social and emotional health and wellbeing is encouraged by providing a safe and supportive environment. We actively encourage our students to follow our school’s values of ORCA (Organised, Respectful, Caring Achieving) by explicitly teaching and modelling GROW behaviours (Goals, Resilience, Optimism, Wellbeing).

Year Coordinator – Year 7 Jessica Morley
Year Coordinator – Year 8 Monique Duarte
Year Coordinator – Year 9 Shayla Fulwood
Year Coordinator – Year 10 Ciaran O’Rourke
Year Coordinator – Year 11 & 12 Tanysha Phillips

School Psychologist

The School Psychologist uses knowledge and expertise to help support students achieve social and emotional wellbeing, psychological health and overall success. The School Psychologist’s role can involve individual counselling and student support, liaising with families and external stakeholders, and working closely with all members of Student Services.

Dr Barbara Snyman


The Chaplain provides pastoral care support to all students by providing an opportunity to talk to someone other than a teacher when personal or social difficulties arise. Students can self-refer to meet with the Chaplain who can assist with anxiety, stress management and peer conflict.

Vanessa Nichols

Student Support Officer

The Student Support Officer works with students and families to engage in community support agencies and implement programs at school to encourage inclusion, engagement and attendance.

Sean Dominish

Community Health Nurse

The role of the Community Health Nurse is varied, focusing on coordination, support, training and health promotion. The service aims to optimise the mental, physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing of children, their families and the school community.

School Support Officers

The Student Services Office staff support the Student Service’s team by liaising with families, students and staff regarding attendance, illness and access to specialist support staff.

Head of Learning Support

The Head of Learning Support manages those students identified as requiring additional support whilst at Ocean Reef SHS. Our Head of Learning Support works closely with a team of dedicated Education Assistants and external agencies to provide strategies to help engage and develop skills necessary for success. The Head of Learning Support liaises with families to obtain documentation to support Education Assistant’s time within the classroom and also to implement special exam considerations.

Jay Morris