Student Wellbeing

At WSC the emphasis is on primary prevention and early intervention as the most effective means of enhancing the resilience of young people. We support our students to be the best they can be.

 

“Students are better prepared for learning when they are healthy, safe and happy.”

- WSC Wellbeing Policy Document

 

Therefore student welfare is a high priority at Wallan Secondary College.

The Wellbeing Program at WSC consists of:

  • Counselling
  • Groupwork
  • Team teaching
  • Networking / Referral with specialist services
  • Advocacy
  • Chaplaincy

 

Generalist Counselling – using a solution focused model

For students, families and staff requiring support with personal/family issues, who are wanting to make positive changes in their lives. Home visits available.

 

Internal Support Services

OnPsych Psychologist, Kathy Carrozza
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Regional Social Worker, Sharon Blackwell

 

Links with other Support Services

  • FamilyCare
  • The Bridge
  • Youth Dimensions
  • Mitchell Community Health Service
  • Berry Street
  • Wallan Police
  • School Focused Youth Service
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Professional providers e.g. Psychologists, Optometrists, Speech Pathologists, Doctors
  • Other support services referral e.g. Youth Insearch

 

Groupwork - Good Grief ‘Seasons’ Program available as required

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At WSC we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively.

 

Team Teaching

Supporting students and teachers with Wellbeing related curriculum in the classroom.

 

Tackling Bullying

A bully is someone who purposely hurts or overpowers others by using physical, verbal, social or emotional means.

 

Restorative Practices Approach

A whole school approach to how we respond to conflict by actively encouraging positive relationships, with the understanding that building relationships enhances connectedness and resilience. This in turn increases protective factors. We accomplish this by having restorative discussions with students focusing on 3 areas:

  • What happened - Calmly without blaming
  • Who was affected and how
  • How can it be fixed – Problem Solving

 

Taking Positive Action

We encourage students to discuss and/or report issues between students so we can assist in a positive resolution that supports the wellbeing of all students. Students are encouraged to speak with their teachers, home group teacher or wellbeing staff.

 

Wellbeing Events

Provide opportunities for students to assist and participate in programs to build and learn new skills

  • Lunchtime Activities
  • Drug Action Week
  • Harmony Week
  • Youth Week

 

Wellbeing Activities


General

  • Chillout/ games lunchtime activity
  • Pastoral Care for all year levels



Year 7

  • Support from a Peer Support Leader
  • Brainstorm Productions - Anti-bullying performance
  • Cyber safety awareness presentation



Year 8

  • Brainstorm Productions - Anti-bullying performance
  • Anti-bullying presentation by local Police



Year 9

  • Cyber safety awareness presentation
  • “No Apologies” holistic life choices program



Year 10

  • “Keys Please” VicRoads Learner Awareness Parent/Student program
  • “Creating Conversations” - drug awareness parent/student forum



Year 11

  • Opportunity to be a Peer Support Leader
  • Senior Lounge Lunchtime Club



Year 12

  • Common Room
  • VCE/VET Study Area
  • Community Mentoring Program

 

Contact Us

We extend an invitation to all parents/caregivers of students at WSC to communicate with us in a way that meets your needs. We understand the different lifestyles that are lead by families and so to cater for this we welcome you to contact us via email, phone or face to face.

 

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child please do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment.

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