Student Wellbeing

Maintaining the physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing of our students is the primary concern of the Wellbeing Team. Our approach is based on ensuring that the needs of these individuals are dynamically met. Building protective strategies, developing resilient mechanisms and providing a framework of support and guidance is aimed at allowing students to thrive. Fostering positive relationships, listening with a non-judgemental view and collaborating with external sources ensures that our students have the flexible options that they require to succeed. Collaboratively, the Wellbeing Team work with Senior Leaders, Care Group teachers, subject teachers, parents/guardians, and the wider school community to ensure that wellbeing is the focus of all of our interactions.

The concept of wellbeing permeates all that we do as members of the SHS community and it is with this concept in mind that we share with you how Wellbeing looks at SHS.

Positive Education

One of the school’s priorities are to incorporate Positive Psychology into our school culture. By encouraging students to focus on their strengths and learn skills that enhance their resilience we hope to create an environment that allows them to flourish. Counsellors will play a significant role in implementing Positive Psychology principles by reinforcing the importance of personal development, self-reflection and a positive approach to their thinking and treatment of other people.

Embracing a positive school culture is an underlying theme of Student Counselling. As a team, we strive to raise awareness about positive education, positive relationships, wellbeing and anti-bullying strategies to develop a safe, caring and connected school environment. We achieve this by facilitating numerous workshops around Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model. The Model identifies five essential elements of wellbeing. By focusing on all five of these elements, students can flourish both emotionally and academically.

 

PERMA elements of Wellbeing 

Creating opportunities to experience positive emotions such as; joy, happiness, 
gratitude and excitement.

,Encouraging participation and immersion in activities, experience an increase in 
passion and creativity.

,Valuing connection and relationships, promoting acts of kindness and encouragement 
between one another.

,Experiencing a sense of meaning and purpose in all endeavours and contributing towards 
goals for the benefit of others, creating a sense of belonging.

,Striving to embrace challenges, persevere and achieve academic goals, acknowledging accomplishments along the journey.

  

Our wellbeing team provides counselling services to students who need support. The aim is to guide them to function better, improve relationships with others, and realise their potential.

Community engagement is another focus within our school. The Wellbeing team hosts an annual wellbeing day to raise awareness about the importance of wellbeing, including stress management, healthy eating, coping with mental illness, embracing diverse cultures and safety. Various youth organisations attend the event and provide wellbeing related information and workshops to the students around wellbeing.

We are fortunate to have an In School Psychologist who provides free psychological services to students and their families on site. The service is bulk billed to Medicare for eligible students. The psychologists see students who have a referral from their GP under Medicare's Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative (Mental Health Care Plan), which allows the psychologist to provide 10 sessions per calendar year. As In-School Psychology bulk bills to Medicare there is no out of pocket cost for the family.

The psychologists from In-School Psychology are experts in child and adolescent psychology and are professionals dedicated to providing outstanding and comprehensive services to assist children and adolescents, their families and their schools.

Counselling is a very effective way of helping adolescents who are struggling with some aspect of their lives, from feeling anxious or depressed, to experiencing bullying or having difficulties controlling their anger. It can help them recover, and also help prevent reoccurrence.

 

Pastoral Care Worker

The Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) supports the school and the wellbeing team in its aim to be a safe and supportive learning environment, by providing social, emotional and spiritual support, role modelling and mentoring, engaging in school internal and external activities, and being the link between the community and the school. They do this by being a listening ear, a source of encouragement and friendship, promoting positive wellbeing, facilitating community engagement through seminars and activities, and offering referral to the appropriate support services. 

A PCW does not promote nor discriminate on the grounds of any particular ideology, but works to enable a supportive, inclusive and caring learning environment within the school for all students

 

Breakfast Program

Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes the supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep energy levels up throughout the day. This helps students' ability to focus, learn and retain the new concepts they are learning about.

The Breakfast Program at Salisbury High School runs on Monday to Friday mornings from 8:00am - 8:35am. The Breakfast Program is completely free and available to any student who would like something to eat in the morning. Toasted cheese sandwiches, toast and milo are available. 

Thank you to Kickstart for Kids who support our school breakfast program by providing us with the goods needed for the breakfast. 

 


Student Wellbeing Team

Mary Chrysostomou

Dale Merrett

Kerry Bell

Perri Poudel

Renata Jonjic