School Counsellor - Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School, Santa Teresa

Catholic Education Northern Territory Diocese of DarwinSanta Teresa
Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

School Counsellor

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School - Santa Teresa, NT

Contract Type: Contract Position Full Time

Applications Close: 31 January 2020

We are looking for a school counsellor to join the team Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School (LACS) in Santa Teresa. This is a remarkable school in a beautiful community.

LACS is a K - 12 school in Santa Teresa (aka Ltyentye Apurte), a medium-sized Indigenous Catholic community located 83 KM south east of Alice Springs.  There are 40 staff and an enrollment of approximately 125 students.

The school has small class sizes and features specialist facilities including a community library and home economics room. Every classroom has access to the internet and is fitted with PCs, laptops, ipads and interactive whiteboards.

English is the second or third language for most students at the school, and the Arrernte language & culture program is a key focus of the curriculum at LACS.

Teachers work as members of a team in partnership with local Indigenous people and Arrernte Assistant Teachers. Staff members live in close proximity to each other and the school. The standard of accommodation is good.


The ideal person would have a degree in social work or psychology and experience in these respective roles. Previous experience working with aboriginal people would be highly desirable. The school counsellor is part of LACS's multi-disciplinary Inclusion Support Team which includes the Inclusion Support Leader, teachers, assistant teachers, Indigenous health workers and an occupational therapist.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Working with school leadership and Inclusion Support Team to identify, assess, guide and provide individual counselling for students at educational or personal risk including case management where appropriate.
  • The school counsellor is the key point of contact for Territory Families for the school. This role includes assisting with mandatory reporting and providing background information to Territory Families.
  • To work with selected individuals and groups of students in the area of welfare, school attendance and health.
  • Working with teachers and members of the Inclusion Support Team to develop education plans for individual students.
  • To assist with communication with parents.
  • Make appropriate referrals for students to external providers based upon their needs.
  • Any other duties directed by the Principal.

For more information on the school visit:

School Website

School Facebook Page

Interested applicants are invited to make enquiries with Justin Colley, Acting Principal, LACS, Santa Teresa. Telephone: 0427 537 005

Applicants need to submit an application letter and current CV with certified copies of qualifications, including three recent professional referees to:

Applications close at 4.00pm on Friday 31st January, 2020.


Teaching over 5000 students across the NT in 5 Aboriginal Schools, 9 Primary Schools and 3 Colleges. Head office is located in Berrimah. Catholic schools offer a high quality, yet affordable education alternative. Our broad academic curriculum is taught in a inclusive, faith filled learning community. Catholic schools use the latest technology. We focus on cutting edge evidence based research to teach students skills for tomorrows world . Our focus is to teach the whole child practical life skills like persistence, problem solving and getting along. Catholic Schools encourage creativity and sustainability. You will be working as part of a highly motivated team of teachers. Supported by specialist teachers, inclusion support advisors, psychologists, counsellors, occupational and speech therapists as well as our school management, HR and financial services.

Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) is an Aboriginal community belonging to the Eastern Arrernte people, and is located 83km south east of Alice Springs in semi-desert country. Temperatures are extreme from 0 degrees to 45 degrees. The Aboriginal residents speak Arrernte and use English as their second language. It is a dry community (no alcohol permitted on the property). No special Permits for the consumption of alcohol are granted. There are penalties for breaking the law. Santa Teresa has a fully equipped garage and workshop facility. Postal facilities are available and a general store and a well equipped health clinic operate. There is a Recreation Centre which children and youth of the community access most days. A 25 metre swimming pool is operational during the summer months. The people of Santa Teresa have a long association with the Catholic Church and are currently served by the Divine Word Missionaries, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the Marist Brothers. The School is an Indigenous Catholic Community School and is administered by the Catholic Education Office based in Darwin and the Marist Brothers in partnership with the community. It is centrally funded by the Federal Government and NT Education Department. It caters for children from Preschool to Year 12. There are approximately 120 students.

More about Catholic Education Northern Territory Diocese of Darwin
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