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Well-being

Well-being team

A safe and supportive environment is conducive to successful learning. Student health and welfare are a priority at Wyndham College. The Wellbeing Framework for Schools supports 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 Workers

Wyndham College has social worker students 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 students run a breakfast club for students who would like to attend and meditation and relaxation sessions each week as well as organising the food pantry and hampers including toiletries. 

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.


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.
  • Our Local is a website for young people to find opportunities, activities, services and events in their area. 
  • Care & Connect on this page, you'll learn how to care for yourself and look out for others.
  • Community Resource Network - ACL is a directory of local community service providers for food, shelter, help etc

Skillbot App

The Wyndham College Well-being team recommends that students download the Skillbot App which was developed by a youth homeless case worker. 

This app assists young people transitioning to independent living and helps 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.


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. Please refer to NSW Health Community Resources for Western Sydney for more COVID19 information.

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.

eSafety and COVID19

We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 page on the eSafety website, which was recently awarded a Webby Honoree, for the latest advice for staying safe online. The most recent release includes guidance on how to manage your wellbeing during COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 booklet provides online safety advice for parents and carers. The eSafety Guide has the latest information on popular videoconferencing services, games, apps and social media. Get advice on what they are, how they are used and the implications for your privacy and safety.    

  • There has been an increase in online harassment, intimidation and abuse targeted at women. For women in these situations, eSafety has online safety help and guidance that can provide advice and support.
  • eSafety also has a Women Influencing Tech Spaces program, which provides information and advice on how women can protect and promote their voices online.
  • eSafety have developed Global online safety advice for frontline workers to support women experiencing tech-facilitated abuse. 


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.