Social Work at SDPS

Curtin University - Social Work

I am Madison Toms, a 3rd year Curtin University Social Work student. I was so pleased to be offered a placement at SDPS so I can have the opportunity to pursue my passion to make a difference in children’s lives. My focus as a social worker is to support children to set themselves up for success so they are able to follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

I am employed as a specialised tutor and a swimming instructor. find working with children very rewarding and have enjoyed improving their capabilities. My personal experience of seeing social workers support my brother with Tourette’s Syndrome and Autism has also contributed to my aspirations. 

I enjoy going to the beach, exercising and love to spend time with my friends and family. If you see me around the school, please don’t hesitate to come and introduce yourself.



My name is Talita Engelbrecht, I’m currently studying Social Work at Curtin University. I am undertaking my 14-week placement at SDPS. I immigrated from South Africa with my family when I was 9.

I previously completed 2 years of Psychology before transferring to Social Work. I also work as a Disability Support Worker which has broadened my understanding of the complexities of human needs.

I anticipate utilizing my skills in working with children to promote safety, self- empowerment and support wellbeing.

My hobbies include reading, cooking and spending time with friends and my dog Bella.

I am willing to learn and am excited for the experience this placement can give me. I believe myself to be attentive and creative, and I can make a positive contribution to the school.