At UYSC we have a strong commitment to the wellbeing of our students.
All students are better prepared for learning when they are healthy and feel safe and happy.
Student wellbeing is therefore the responsibility of all staff.”
Home Group Teachers and Year Level Leaders
Home Group Teachers and Year Level Leaders provide individual and group support and encouragement and monitor the daily wellbeing of students. We aim to provide a positive, supportive environment for each student to maximize their educational potential.
An early intervention approach includes implementing appropriate support programs and the provision of school-based counselling. Our approach aims to be sensitive to students’ feelings and needs, improving resilience, utilising specialist services where appropriate and restoring wellbeing and preparedness to learn.
The Wellbeing Team
The Wellbeing Team at UYSC consists of a Student Counsellor, a Chaplain, Adolescent Health Nurse and a range of other allied support persons. The Wellbeing Team can help students with issues such as peer relationships, depression, anxiety, bullying, abuse, harassment, self esteem, resilience, health issues and health education, and a variety of other youth-related issues.We also work with families to address parenting techniques, family relationships and assist with referrals and welfare assistance.
The Student Wellbeing Team is available to all students within our dedicated wellbeing rooms, by either self-referral, or by referral from teachers or parents. Assistant Principals and Year Level Leaders also have an active role in supporting students and families to access appropriate support services.
If you would like to speak with any member of the Team or make a referral please feel free to contact the College.
Student Wellbeing Support
House of Health
The role of the Community Health Nurse is to promote student health and wellbeing.The Nurse is in attendance at our House of Health on a Monday, where we have a GP available for student consultations, generally with parental consent. They work as part of the School Wellbeing Team to improve the health and wellbeing of students by providing information and support to make positive health choices. This might include helping students with topics such as Cyber Safety, Bullying, Sexual Health Issues, Relationships, Drugs and Alcohol, Smoking, Healthy Eating, Coping with Illness, Managing Stress and Anxiety, Body Image and Mental Health. This is achieved through whole school health promotion, health education in small groups or classrooms and one on one health consultation with students. They can also help students get in touch with other health care providers, including local doctors, pharmacists, community health services, psychologists, student support service officers, family planning services and general health advice. This service is free, friendly and confidential.
External Health Services
We have access to DET Regional School Support Services (Educational Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Social Workers and Specialist Visiting Teachers). We also have ongoing support from CRS – Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services, Youth Connections and Shire Youth Services to support students experiencing difficulties. We also have a Student Wellbeing Coordinator based at the school. The Wellbeing Coordinator works closely with all agencies to ensure students are referred to the most appropriate services. These include:
- CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Anglicare Services
- Child First
- Youth Services
- Outer East Youth Connections 1300 835235
- EDAS – Eastern Drug and Alcohol Services
- EACH – Eastern Community Health
- CRS – Commonwealth Rehab Services
- DHS – Department of Human Services – Child Protection