Support Services

Learning Support Facilitators

At the heart of our program is the student and his/her unique needs. The Learning Support Facilitators of St. Augustine School work very closely with students, parents, teachers, and other professionals to create programs that best meet the academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs of all learners. Goals and modifications are provided as necessary to ensure that our students receive the best education possible. For the high school students who require alternative programming, we offer a mixture of Knowledge and Employability, English as a Second Language, Distance Education and Outreach style courses based on need. As per the mandate of Alberta Education, inclusive learning occurs within the classroom whenever possible with additional out of class support provided when necessary. A personalized meeting with one of our counselors or facilitators is the best way to determine if programming at St. Augustine school will meet the needs of your child. Ms. Nicole York is the Learning Support Facilitator.


Academic Counselor

Academic and Career Counseling is provided to students courtesy of Mrs. Kelly Shimp. Mrs. Shimp is available to meet with students and assist with individual planning and programming. Parents with questions regarding these services are welcome to call the school and arrange an appointment.

The following list of services are available for students:
• Academic and Career Counseling
• Student course selection for high school
• Work with students at-risk of not getting course credits
• School information meetings
• One-on-one meetings with parents and students regarding courses
• Assist in identifying areas of interest for future careers
• Assist in post secondary entrance
• Provide information regarding Open Houses and Career Fairs
• Student seminars
• Distance Learning Courses – set up, monitor and assist student in completing
• Registered Apprenticeship Program
• Work Experience
• Attendance or homework issues – referred by teacher
• Scholarships – assist students in finding and applying for relevant scholarships

Family School Liaison Counselor

The primary role of the Family School Liaison Counselor, Mrs. Tara Newton, is to provide short term counseling intervention for students in need. Where more intensive services are required, Mrs. Newton, will make a referral to the appropriate community resource/services. To see more information on the many programs and supports available to our families please go to Mrs. Newton's Website

Additional Support Contacts

If you are facing challenges that are too hard to deal with alone, please know there are people who can help. 

  • Michelle Horbay, Division Wellness Coordinator 780-781-1239
  • Ponoka Addiction and Mental Health Clinic 403-783-7903
  • Access Addiction and Mental Health 1-888-594-0211
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or text to 686868
  • Talk Suicide Canada 1-833-456-4566
  • AHS Mental Health Help Line 1-877-303-2642
  • St. Augustine School Staff 403-704-1155
  • Ponoka Victim Services 403-783-6539