CONFIDENT, HAPPY and ready for SUCCESS
THE WELLBEING TEAM AT ROWVILLE SECONDARY COLLEGE SEEK TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS THROUGH PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE AND SENSITIVE PRACTICES.
We promote mental, social, physical and emotional wellbeing for young people in order to enhance learning and life course outcomes.
SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR WELLBEING TEAM
- Triage and individual counselling.
- Small group workshops, including: Drumbeat sessions, transition programs and LGBTQI+ support groups.
- Promotion of school community mental health.
- Collaboration with school-wide wellbeing based programming.
- Involvement in SSG’s (Student Support Groups) as required to assist with student learning, behavioural, social or emotional concerns.
- Referral to external support services.
- Hands on Learning Program, by referral only from wellbeing team, teachers and staff – click here.
- Dogs Connect Program with wellbeing dogs at our East and West campus.
- Educational Assessment conversations and referrals
- Support for students in need (books, uniform etc).
THE WELLBEING TEAM ARE AVAILABLE TO TALK, LISTEN AND SUPPORT. WE WORK WITHIN A WHOLE SCHOOL FRAMEWORK TO MEET THE WELLBEING NEEDS OF OUR COLLEGE COMMUNITY.
The Wellbeing Team are made up of a strong and multidisciplinary team:
- Joanne Johnson: East Campus Wellbeing Coordinator
- Andy Phillips: West Campus Wellbeing Coordinator
- Lynne Davidson: East Campus Wellbeing Coordinator (FRIDAY ONLY)
- Sharene Borsi: East Campus Mental Health Practitioner
- Jacinta Hudson: West Campus Mental Health Practitioner
- Shannen Murray: East Campus Student Engagement
- Mandy Fogarty: West Campus Student Engagement
- Stephanie Sear: School Nurse
- Bruce, Penny & Bear: Wellbeing Dogs
- Volunteers, Mentors and Placement Students
- Phone 9755 4555 or Email us
For more information on the Mental Health Practitioners Initiative see the Department website.
Hands on learning
Hands on Learning is a Save the Children practical school program that builds wellbeing, engagement, and attendance by creating opportunities for students to discover their talents and experience success through significant and authentic hands-on projects.
“Our collective mission is to nurture strengths to grow curious and powerful learners. Hands on Learning provides an incredible opportunity to connect students to their strengths in a setting outside the classroom. Research shows that students who are connected with their strengths are higher in perceived competence, intrinsic motivation and effort intentions. In other words, students who are reminded of the strengths they possess to solve a problem feel more competent, more motivated and more willing to expend effort.” – RSC Principal Team.
Hands on Learning is by referral only from our wellbeing team, teachers and staff.
Introducing our Wellbeing Dogs at Rowville Secondary College, we have Bear at our East campus, and Penny at our West campus. The dogs are available for one-on-one emotional support and regulation for students and staff. This is part of the Dogs Connect program.
Bear – East Campus
Bear is a standard groodle (golden retriever and poodle) and will be turning 1 in March. Bear’s favourite snacks are cheese, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, ice cubes and dried pigs ears. He loves walks, sleeping and squeaky or soft toys. His favourite human is his dad (much to his mum’s disappointment).
Bruce – East Campus
Bruce has just turned 2 years old and is a 4kg Cavoodle. Bruce is intuitive, friendly and full of energy, has a happy little personality and loves cuddles. His favourite hobbies include tug, fetch, walkies and of course snuggling. Bruce’s favourite snacks include dried chicken, kangaroo and carrots! But be careful with your hair ties, I have a potentially dangerous obsession with those as well, so keep them away from me!
Penny – West Campus
Penny-Lane (responds to Penny) is 1 year and 3 months and is a Labradoodle. Penny is energetic, enthusiastic, loves to learn, and is effervescent. Her favourite hobby is to run, catch, chew, tug, “find it”, walks, swimming and of course sleeping. Penny loves eating kangaroo, lamb, fresh bones and rawhide.
Support from wellbeing can be accessed via:
- Staff-referrals (eg. house leaders and learning mentors)
- Self-referrals via email or in-person
- Parent request via phone or email.
The wellbeing Team will respect student confidentiality. However, there are times when ensuring student safety and/or wellbeing requires us to speak with a carer/guardian and/or other professionals. Wherever possible, this is done with the student’s knowledge.
Any queries about Student Wellbeing can be directed to our Wellbeing Coordinators:
- Joanne Johnson: Eastern Campus 9755 4616
- Andrew Phillips: Western Campus 9755 4533.
- Knox Youth Services: 9298 8469
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
- Parentline: 13 22 89
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Parentzone (Anglicare): 1300 984 011