The Student Wellbeing area at Mount Waverley Secondary College encompasses a wide range of services offered to support students and families. We aim, through a holistic approach to provide both preventative programs and needs based individual care to each student. Our role as a team is to support the physical, social and emotional needs of every student.
The team comprises of a group of highly skilled staff who have the wellbeing of students as a core focus:
- Student Support and Resource Manager: Mr Paul Graham
- Student Wellbeing Coordinators: Ms Danielle Mott – Junior Campus and Mrs Kerri Haworth – Senior Campus
- Mental Health Practitioners: Ms Aisha Paternott – Junior Campus and Mr Jason Mann – Senior Campus
- Nurses: Ms Jody Clooney, Ms Caz Coady and Ms Stephanie Tang
- Inclusion Coordinator: Mrs Margaret Taylor
- Inclusion staff support: Ms Maria Disley, Ms Jane Horrabin, Ms Maria Calafiore, Ms Claire Ferguson and Ms Kathy Ragavan
Students and families can access a number of services through direct contact with the college. If we cannot provide services which are appropriate, we will refer to the appropriate agency.
Spaces: Our Student Wellbeing area is designated a SAFE SPACE, where students can discuss any concerns they may have without fear of judgement. Anything that is shared in these spaces is treated with respect and empathy.
Privacy: All students and families have the right to privacy and confidentiality. There are times however where we may need to breach privacy for the safety of our students, and this is explained with all students when they access support through the Student Wellbeing team.
Counselling: We provide student counselling at the college as well as utilise external counselling supports through community service referrals, such as Eastern Health, Headspace and Monash Youth Services. The school also has access to a psychologist from the Department of Education, on a needs basis. To see one of the Wellbeing Co-ordinators, Manager of Student Wellbeing or the Chaplain, a student can self-refer or be referred by their sub school, teachers or parents/carers.
Advice to Parents/Carers: The Student Wellbeing team is available to offer advice and support to parents. This can also include referring families to local community agencies such as LINK, Uniting Care and Monash Family Services. We also hold information nights and invite special guest speakers to present to parents as well as regularly updating our social media and website with relevant information.
Financial Support: From time to time we provide support for families who are finding it difficult to make ends meet. We provide access to uniform, books and materials as well as assisting families to generate payment plans and accessing other funding options where possible.
Chaplain: The college is fortunate to have the support of a Chaplain on both campuses. The Chaplain provides mentoring and runs focus groups with students that target specific skills such as study skills, organisation, healthy lifestyles and exam preparation. The Chaplain also facilitates the Breakfast Club on both campuses (Junior Campus – Monday & Wednesday. Senior Campus – Tuesday & Thursday), from 7:45am to 8:30am.
Nurses: We have a team of highly skilled registered nurses on both campuses who are here to support our students throughout the day. Our nurses are able to provide not only excellent first aid care, but also ensure that all camps and excursions are prepared and catered for.
Inclusion: Our students are supported by a dedicated team who work on improving access to curricular and co-curricular activities. They work closely with students, staff and families to provide individualised support for students and actively encourage success.
Useful Links & Contacts:
- Headspace: www.headspace.org.au – Online and telephone mental health support (aged 12-25)
- Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800 – Online and telephone support for young people (aged 0-24)
- Life Line: 13 11 14 – Telephone support for people of all ages
- Monash Youth Services: https://www.monashyouthorg.au/Home offering case management support to students who reside or study in the City of Monash.
- Child and Youth Mental Health Service: 1300 721 927 – Support for young people experiencing distress or severe emotional disturbance.
- Parent Line: 13 22 89 – Support for parents of young people (aged 0-18)
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au – Supporting everyone to achieve their best possible mental health