For our students to flourish academically and in all areas of their lives, it's important that they are happy and enjoy being at school. Their safety and physical and mental wellbeing are of paramount importance to us.
We encourage any student who feels unsafe to confide in a trusted adult or contact the college's Senior Child Safety officers, Mr Peter Augustin and Ms Leonie Farrugia, in person or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our other Child Safety Officers (who receive special training)– listed below – can be contacted via Reception on (03) 5783 5000.
The college has counsellors (including psychologists) who are available to help students and their families. Our wellbeing team includes a paediatric occupational therapist and an educational psychologist who are available for consultations, which may be eligible for Medicare rebates.
There are some terrific online and phone resources if you need help and advice.
Any student who feels unsafe or has been made to feel unsafe, should speak to their house leader.
If, however, for whatever reason they feel uncomfortable about this, they can email our child safety team email@example.com to alert us to any behaviours at school or online that they believe are having a negative effect on themselves or another student.
Our staff have a thorough knowledge of the policies below which are integral to ensuring that the young people in our care always feel safe. To read these policies, visit our Policies & Key Documents page.
Ideally, if children are struggling emotionally they should talk to their parents or guardians, who we encourage to normalise discussions about things that are bothering them. As well, we encourage them to help their children become familiar with available resources if they need someone different to speak to. Links to some outside resources are listed below.
As the people who know their children best, we rely on parents' and guardians' knowledge to help support our work with them and welcome contact from them at significant times of concern – but also when things simply don’t feel right.
The first point of call will usually be learning mentors, but if the matter is particularly serious or sensitive, contact should be made with house coordinators who will access other resources for support as necessary.
Youth Beyond Blue | Ph: 1300 224 636
Lifeline | Ph: 131 114
Kids Helpline | Ph: 1800 551 800
Suicide Helpline | Ph: 1300 651 251
Mensline | Ph: 1300 789 978
Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Crisis Line | Ph: 1800 806 292
Domestic Violence Crisis Line | Ph: 1800 200 526
Pregnancy Helpline | Ph: 1300 792 798
Directline- Alcohol & Drug Counselling | Ph: 1800 888 236
Students engage with Teen Mental Health First Aid programs in myBEING and senior school programs.