The Student Health & Wellbeing Team and Associated Supporting Service Providers
Wellbeing is a multi-layered concept encompassing physical, social, emotional and mental health which has the capacity to influence how we feel about ourselves, others and life in general.
Because we know that good health and wellbeing is integral to learning, and positive changes in mental health outcomes will support improved learning and achievement outcomes for secondary school students. Here at NGSC the Student Wellbeing Team assists young people to achieve their educational and developmental potential, by providing strategies and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels. We work in collaboration with a variety of services to intervene early with young people who have additional needs or are at risk of disengagement.
Student Wellbeing is headed by a Student Wellbeing Team Leader. The team leader coordinates service provision:
- With in the Student Wellbeing Team
- To external service providers
Student Wellbeing is a point of contact for consultations, support and referrals. The team works collaboratively within the school and with the broader community service sector. The team consists of:
- Social Workers
- a Youth Worker
- a Mental Health Practitioner (Click for more info)
- a School Nurse (Click for more info)
- a School Chaplain (Click for more info)
Student Wellbeing services are vital to responding to the needs of young people at NGSC. From whole school health and wellbeing promotion, development and provision of groups, participation in supportive meetings to offering individual student sessions. Student wellbeing is an integral support for the college community.
Student Wellbeing encourages and supports RUok? Day, Healthy Eating Week, IDAHOBIT Day, White Ribbon Day and Mufti days to raise awareness in the school.
Student Wellbeing provides classroom education on; seeking help, healthy relationship, supporting a friend, communication, sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, cyber safety, risk taking behaviours and health promotion.
Doctors In Secondary Schools (DISS)
This initiative funds general practitioners (GPs) to attend up to 100 Victorian government secondary schools up to one day a week. The GPs provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need. The objectives of the program are to:
- make primary health care more accessible to students
- provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early
- reduce the pressure on working parents.
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Bellarine Community Health Psychologist
Bellarine Community Health provides counselling support to students 1 day a week
CatholicCare provides support to students/families 2 days a week and groups to strengthen school community networks
The Geelong Project
The Geelong Project operating out of BCYF has 2 caseworkers based at NGSC 1 day a week
The Student Wellbeing Team offers referrals to external agencies as needed. The following is a list of services we are lined in with:
- Barwon Child Youth and Families (BCYF)
- Barwon Health
- Bethany Family Services
- CatholicCare Refugee Services
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- Drummond St
- Headspace & eHeadspace
- Local Doctors & Paediatricians
- MacKillop Child and Family Services
- MacKillop Education
- Orange Door
- Refugee Nurse
- The Salvation Army
- Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre
- State Schools Relief Charity
- Student Support Services Geelong North Network
- Uniting Barwon
- Victoria Police
- Provision of a Meeting Room for external professionals to meet with students at the school
- A Breakfast Club Program that is available to all students, 5 days a week
- Lunches for eligible students
- Financial Hardship Scholarship applications
A dynamic and evolving list of lunchtime groups are provided for any students who wish to participate in lunchtime activities. All groups are supervised and any required resources are provided by Student Wellbeing. The Student Wellbeing Team encourages students to share their ideas for new and exciting groups and makes every effort to accommodate student needs.
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- Cyber Cats
An anti cyber bullying campaign for Year 7 students facilitated by Headspace and the Geelong Cats
- Just THINK!
A risk taking program for Year 9 students facilitated by the Geelong Cats Community Program
- SAPPSS – Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Secondary Schools
A Program for Year 9 students
- PARTY Program
An aversion program for adolescent risk taking behaviours for Year 10-12 students every second year. NGSC applies for this program each year
- Kokoda Youth Trek
Each year Victoria Police in collaboration with local schools, send a group of ten Year 10 students from across Geelong
Art based intervention group Indigenous Belonging Program Focuses on Year 7-8 students
- AIME – Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience Program