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Student Wellbeing at Sacred Heart College Kyneton is seen as the state of good mental health, whereby students have the self regulation and emotional resilience to perform well academically, feel connected to others, enjoy healthy relationships and contribute responsibly to their communities.

To this end, the College strives to provide a positive, social and learning environment where students feel safe, have a sense of belonging and can achieve. Sacred Heart College is a family supportive, Catholic school in the Mercy tradition, which is a key strength in developing care and understanding between school and home. This results in wellbeing issues being addressed in a timely manner with appropriate student support systems put in place.

Key People in Wellbeing

Julie Mortimer

Julie Mortimer

Deputy Principal
Student Wellbeing
Jodie Wattie

Jodie Wattie

Head of Junior School
Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews

Head of Senior School
Haley Galloway

Haley Galloway

Year 7,
Year Level Leader
Sharon Hardham

Sharon Hardham

Year 8,
Year Level Leader
Viviane Penney

Viviane Penney

Year 8,
Year Level Leader
Sam Weir

Sam Weir

Year 9,
Year Level Leader
Peter Webb

Peter Webb

Year 10,
Year Level Leader
Alistair Bloom

Alistair Bloom

Year 11,
Year Level Leader
Marika Payne

Marika Payne

Year 12,
Year Level Leader

Wellbeing in Catholic school communities

From Catholic Education Document, eXcel

When children learn to self-regulate they have stronger friendships and relationships with others, are more able to pay attention and learn new things and deal better with the normal stresses and disappointments of daily life.

In Catholic school settings, ‘wellbeing’ is understood to be ‘realising one’s unique potential through physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development’. Wellbeing incorporates ‘the degree to which a student is functioning effectively’ and their capacity to cope, learn and thrive.

Wellbeing and learning are inextricably linked. Supported by an extensive evidence base it is understood that children and young people who have a ‘sustainable state of positive mood, attitude, resilience and satisfaction with self’ are more engaged and successful learners.

Teaching wellbeing in schools enables safe and respectful school communities; connects children, young people, families and staff through collaborative and caring relationships; engages students through experiences that motivate, empower, and inspire; and reframes the learning of wellbeing as an integral component of broader academic learning. 'The mission, and privilege, of the Catholic school is to build a community where authentic relationships based on love provide the means and the support for all students to flourish and grow into the fullness of life'.

The Mercy Values are our Guiding Values

Read about how we commit to and demonstrate them.

Principles of Wellbeing for learners in a Catholic School Community

Wellbeing Support

Wellbeing Support at Sacred Heart begins with the Homeroom structure. This provides the foundation for Pastoral Care, with an emphasis on all staff understanding and ‘knowing’ our students. Homeroom teachers are supported by Year Level Leaders, a Junior and Senior Head of School, and the Deputy Principal - Student Wellbeing. Working alongside this structure is the Wellbeing Team.

Wellbeing Team

Sacred Heart College has a multi-disciplinary team of wellbeing practitioners, who work as part of an integrated health, wellbeing and learning support service, assisting Year Level Leaders, Heads of School and other staff to respond to the needs of students on a daily basis. Our work is overseen by the Deputy Principal - Student Wellbeing.

The holistic approach at Sacred Heart College means that students feel cared about and important, as they navigate each transition through secondary education, and then again into their future tertiary and career training.

Health Centre

The College has a Health Care Coordinator who looks after sick bay from 9.00am to 3.00pm each day. This person is responsible for the day-to-day first aid requirements of the College and also the administration of student Health Care Plans. If you have any queries regarding your child’s health needs whilst at school, please call Jalna Holmes on 54211 200.

Wellbeing Referral Form

Please complete the student wellbeing referral form below.

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Privacy and confidentiality statement:

Information will be kept confidential unless serious issues of wellbeing and safety arise. Limits to confidentiality will be explained to students at first appointment. Counsellor case notes will be stored electronically, with restricted access to members of the Counselling Team, the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing and the Principal on a needs to know basis.

The external supports listed below are also available to support young people and their families:
ChildFIRST referral point for community agency family support: 1800 260 338
Kids Help Line for online chat, telephone or email counselling for young people: 1800 55 1800
Parentline for phone counselling and parenting support for parents and carers: 13 22 89
E head space for online chat, telephone or email counselling for young people from a youth mental health practitioner: www.eheadspace.org.au or 1800 650 890

Statement of Diversity

Integral to all Catholic schools and to their mission as instruments of the Universal Catholic Church is the belief that all members of the school community are sacred, “created in the image and likeness of God” (Gen 1:27). The core values of Mercy Education reflect and challenge each student and staff member to give witness to this ideal through compassion, respect, service, hospitality, courage and justice. At Sacred Heart College Kyneton, we believe in the dignity of each and every member of our College community. We are committed to building an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity. We believe that creating an environment where uniqueness is celebrated, where students feel empowered to safely share their opinions and ideas and where everyone has the opportunities and support to be their best is the right thing to do.

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