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Well-being

Well-being team

Student success at school is dependent on being in a safe supportive environment that is conducive to learning. Health and welfare are a priority at our school. The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

The well-being team provides many avenues of support and aims to ensure that every student is known, valued and cared for. Use the links provided as well as checking in with the well-being team. The well-being team consists of Head Teacher Welfare, Year Advisers, Deputies, Principal, Chaplain, Social Worker and School Counsellor who meet each week to ensure that all students are provided with the support that is needed for them to reach their potential.

Students are also allocated a mentor teacher whom they meet with every day during Connect time to act as their personal guide at Wyndham College. Read the Well-Being Policy for more information.


Social Worker

Wyndham College has a social worker student from Western Sydney University on staff ready to support students at the point of need. The school social work role is unique in its approach as it focuses on the student in the school environment in order to facilitate successful learning outcomes through the relief of distress, the removal of barriers or inequities, and the development of safe and inclusive schools and communities.

Our social worker student runs a breakfast club for students who would like to attend and meditation and relaxation sessions each week. 

Skillbot App

The Wyndham College Well-being team recommends that students download the Skillbot App which was developed by a youth homeless case worker to assist young people transitioning to independent living and help with some of the common, and sometimes unusual, queries they have.

Situations that most adults take for granted, need to be learned, such as how to fill in a rental lease agreement. Young people don’t always have someone to teach them these things. The Skillbot App is available for download for both android and iOS devices.

Useful Links 

  • Beyond Blue - support with anxiety, depression and suicide prevention 
  • Reachout -  helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times
  • Kidshelpline - free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
  • Headspace - centres around Australia can help with mental and physical health, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study. Visits are free and confidential.
  • esafety.gov.au website - a comprehensive, dynamic and interactive online safety hub for Australians.
  • Child Safety Handbook - NSW Police Legacy produced this resource emphasising prevention.
  • Niggle - online personalised information, videos, podcasts, quizzes and tips to help you tame your niggles.

 

Life Ready Program 

Wyndham College delivers the Life Ready Program to Years 11 and 12. This is a mandatory 25-hour course designed to prepare and support senior students as they encounter situations related to health and safety as they become more independent and gain more responsibilities.

It focuses on offering opportunities for students to build the functional knowledge and skills for life post school.

Be You Program 

Wyndham College runs the Be You program throughout Year 11 and 12. Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in schools. The program offers a flexible, whole learning community approach to well-being through 5 modules endorsed by Beyond Blue

Streetsmart Program 

Wyndham College provides opportunities for students to participate in the Streetsmart program which aims to assist young people through the sometimes complex issues which confront their lives.

Neighbourhood Watch Australiasia together with NSW Police have put together the Streetsmart Handbook for students to reference any time they want.


Coronavirus

Protect yourself and the community by:

  • making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. Always practice social distancing.

Make sure you stay home if you are sick. Be kind to yourself and click here for information about dealing with the mental health aspects of Coronavirus.

If you or your family member becomes very unwell

An ambulance is not needed to transport people to GPs or a hospital unless their condition is serious.

Alternative means of transport should be used including private car driven by a family member or an existing close contact (not bus, train, taxi or ride-share such as Uber).

If symptoms are severe and it is a medical emergency, such as shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing, dial 000 and ask for an ambulance.


Headspace

Headspace has made the decision to transition their services across to a virtual telehealth model. All service offerings across both the headspace sites and headspace
early psychosis will continue to be available to current service users and new referrals that may present. These service offerings will be provided via telephone and telehealth (Microsoft Teams).

Parramatta Missions approach is based on the intention to minimise risk, ensure the safety of the community and teams.

The virtual services will be operational from Friday 20th March. Young people requiring support from the 20th March will need to call the relevant headspace centre to talk to a liaison officer.

Parramatta Mission is committed to work though the challenges that may arise as a result of Covid-19. Headspace Mt Druitt, Penrith and Early Psychosis teams will work remotely to ensure services to young people remain accessible and supportive during this time.


Bushfire and Drought Support for Children and Young People

We acknowledge that so many of you, your teachers and students have been impacted by the recent bushfires and drought. We have collated information on the support available for children and young people during this time. Find out more by clicking the link below.

www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/support


NSW Youth Advisory Council 2020

Applications are open for the NSW Youth Advisory Council. Children and young people between 12-24 years of age living in NSW are encouraged to apply. Council members are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences. Applications close 1 March, 2020. Click on the link below for more information.

www.acyp.nsw.gov.au


Face-to-Face Consultations on Disasters

ACYP are running face-to-face consultations with students to hear their feedback on disasters, such as the recent the bushfires and drought. If you would like ACYP to visit your school and hold a consultation with your students, please contact us on 02 9248 0970 or email: participation@acyp.nsw.gov.au


NSW Youth Week

Youth Week is a time for young people between 12-24 years of age to celebrate and come together to get involved in activities designed for young people. Youth Week runs from 1 to 9 April 2020. Teachers and students can click on the link below to find out what’s on across NSW and in their local area.

www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au


Free Child Rights Training for NSW Teachers

ACYP is inviting teachers to attend a free Registered Professional Development session on child rights. This free five hour session takes place in the Sydney CBD. Teachers can register their interest to attend future sessions via the link below.

www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/schools/child-rights-training


Our Local

Our Local is a website for children and young people to find opportunities, activities, services and events in their local area. We are encouraging Principals and teachers to invite students to take a look at Our Local and to start using the platform to find things to do, and support when they need it. Click on the link below.

www.ourlocal.nsw.gov.au