Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing can be defined as, a sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences at school. Efforts to promote student wellbeing require a whole-school rather than a siloed approach.[1]

 

WHSC Commitment to Supporting our Students

As part of our commitment to student wellbeing, Wheelers Hill Secondary College employs a Student Wellbeing Team to provide local and ongoing support for a range of issues. The student wellbeing team is made up of two wellbeing coordinators, one at each sub school:

 

  • Middle School Student Wellbeing Coordinator: Peter Allen
  • Senior School Student Wellbeing Coordinator: Louise Ford

 

Department Counsellors and Psychologists are also available as appropriate.

 

Collectively, the student wellbeing team brings a wealth of experience in supporting our students navigate their way through the various social and emotional challenges they may face. We offer a supportive and preventative approach to Student Wellbeing.

 

Challenges faced by students may include:

 

  • Social difficulties
  • Emotional challenges
  • Academic and organisational support
  • Learning needs
  • Family challenges, including family break-up,
  • Grief and loss
  • School refusal
  • Risk taking behaviours
  • Mental health

 

The wellbeing team at Wheelers Hill offers a range of personalised support to our students and their families such as, individual counselling for students, referral to external support services, positive mental health promotion and relevant school-wide student wellbeing programs, financial support for families in need and consultation with parents regarding the learning, behavioural, social or emotional concerns of their child.

 

Programs offered at the college to enhance connectedness and positive wellbeing include:

 

  • Thriving youth Mental Health Mentors
  • ISMO- In School Mentoring Opportunity (RAISE foundation)
  • Well established House System
  • Peer Support
  • Extended Home group Sessions
  • Cyber safety
  • Anti-violence and Harassment presentations
  • Getting along with others

 

FURTHER SUPPORT

For more information on adolescent health and wellbeing, Headspace offers a variety of valuable resources, links, contacts and fact sheets for students and parents, which can be found at the following link: http://www.headspace.org.au For immediate support and counselling, please contact the following organisations:

 

Lifeline

13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

Kids Help Line

1800 55 1800

www.kidshelpline.com.au

Headspace

1800 650 890

www.headspace.org.au

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

www.youthbeyondblue.com

Parent Line

132 289

www.parentline.com.au

Monash Youth and Family Services

9518 3900

www.myfs.org.au

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