Student Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing team provides a range of services to students, parents and staff, including addressing personal, educational, health and social issues.

Whilst the majority of counselling time is spent with students, we are aware of the changing nature of society more recently which contributes to the already complex job of parenting a teenager. As Student Welbeing Advisors, we are available to parents for support and have a range of community support agencies that can be referred to.

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 two In School Psychologists who provide 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 dedicated to providing outstanding and comprehensive services to assist children and adolescents, their families and their schools.

Counselling is an effective way of helping adolescents 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 help prevent recurrence.

 

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. The team does this by being a listening ear, a source of encouragement, 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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am - 8:35am. The Breakfast Program is completely free and available to any student who would like something to eat. Toasted cheese sandwiches, toast and milo available.

Thankyou to Kickstart for Kids who support the schools breakfast program by providing us with the goods needed for the breakfast.


Student Wellbeing Team

Mary Chrysostomou
Dale Merrett
Rebecca Riccio
Kerry Bell
Perri Poudel
Joumana Musulino
Leah Hopps