Wellbeing

Supporting our students and families

Illawarra Christian School is committed to the provision of a safe, secure and well-managed learning environment where every student is known and cared for.
Meet the Team

Our Multi-Disciplinary Team

Illawarra Christian School employs a team of allied health professionals who provide a range of direct and indirect services to the school community.

The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) at Illawarra Christian School aims to bring high levels of evidence-based support to students. We strive to work together in a responsive and dynamic way to respond to the needs of our school community.

This can include offering group programs to students, upskilling teachers, and completing assessments for clarity around student needs.

We also work closely with the school learning support team and teaching staff to create a holistic support service for students.

Multi-Disciplinary Team Leader & Clinical Psychologist

Ms Ingrid Peters

B Psych (Hons), MA (Clin Psych)

Ingrid oversees the counselling team and other allied health professionals within Illawarra Christian School. She is trained as a Clinical Psychologist and has almost 20 years' experience working with children and their families in a wide variety of contexts, including hospital settings, private practice, schools, early intervention programs and therapeutic group work. Ingrid is also a board-approved supervisor and full member with the Australian Psychological Society.

Ingrid is a warm and friendly person with a deep passion for working with young people and their families. She has come to ICS because she is passionate about working at a school where students, teachers and parents are all invested in good outcomes for students.

Occupational Therapist

Miss Karen Laird

B App Sc (OT)

Karen has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and is a registered Occupational Therapist. She has over 25 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist in Australia and Ireland. She has worked in a variety of settings with adults and children including early intervention, paediatric primary care, rehabilitation, community aged care, and palliative care. She works Thursdays and Fridays at ICS, empowering students to maximise their participation and achieve their potential at school. She loves to build on students' interests and strengths and strives to bring fun and laughter to the therapy environment.

Speech and Language Pathologist

Ms Belinda Mahendran

BA, MSLP

Belinda is a Speech and Language Pathologist with nearly a decade of experience in working in early intervention, mainstream schools, specialist schools and private practice. She has a Master of Speech and Language Pathology and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist through Speech Pathology Australia. Belinda has worked across Australia, the UK, Switzerland and the Middle East, and has recently returned to live in the Illawarra Region with her husband.

Belinda has extensive experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum, and is passionate about inclusive education, person-centred approaches to therapy and supporting and upskilling others. She is new to the team at ICS in 2022, and as an ex-ICS student herself, is excited to be back and working with a skilled team who are passionate about supporting all children and young people to reach their full potential!

School Counsellor

Ms Emma Wyndham

BA (Psych/Couns) (Hons)

Emma is from England and has recently moved to Wollongong with her husband. She is excited to embrace the new culture and be part of ICS as a school counsellor. She has a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and has worked in a variety of settings to help empower people to reach their potential including a private counselling practice, higher education, a homelessness charity, and multiple schools. She was part of the pastoral team at a school in England and is passionate about providing children, young people, and their families the support they need. Emma is kind and welcoming and is passionate about joining a team that works with children holistically. 

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