Student Wellbeing underpins and supports all areas of the College.
The Student Wellbeing Team at The Grange P-12 College aims to provide a comprehensive Student Wellbeing Program that builds and promotes a sense of belonging and resilience which will assist students to achieve a successful pathway in a safe and supportive environment.
We believe that all students should be given an opportunity to reach their full potential. The school is committed to building a secure learning environment where all students feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe, and reflects the school values of Respect, Learning and Working Together.
The College Student Wellbeing team consists of staff members with diverse and specialised backgrounds. Each subschool team has dedicated Wellbeing Professionals who work closely with staff and students, developing preventative programs and providing support.
Students, teachers and parents are able to refer to the Student Wellbeing team for consultation on issues such as friendship, social skills, bullying, grief, adolescent behaviour, mental health issues, learning difficulties, family issues etc.
Examples of support that are offered include:
- Educational counselling re: mental health, developmental and school related issues
- Small group work
- Ongoing in-school support for students referred to outside agencies
- Assessment for learning difficulties
- Assistance with delivering curriculum programs in class-rooms i.e. Cybersafety
Students can self-refer or be referred to the Student Wellbeing Team. This empowers the young person to seek assistance in dealing with their issues.
The Student Wellbeing Team encourages students to involve their parents/carers in school based support. Parents/carers will be always be informed if there are any issues regarding personal safety.
School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is a whole-school framework which provides staff and students with an approach to promote improved behaviour at The Grange P-12 College.
SWPBS has been developed from evidence and data, demonstrating the most effective ways to prevent and respond to problem behaviour at school. Research has shown that SWPBS is successful in reducing problem behaviour, improving school culture, and increasing academic performance.
SWPBS uses a tiered intervention framework which invests in:
- Primary prevention (tier 1): School and classroom-wide systems for all students, staff and settings (approximately 80% of students)
- Secondary prevention (tier 2): Specialised group systems for students with at-risk behaviour (approximately 15% of students)
- Tertiary prevention (tier 3): Specialised, individualised systems for students with high-risk behaviour (approximately 5% of students)
Our school values are Respect, Learning and Working Together. These three values under pin all of our interactions at The Grange.View the College Values Matrix
The Grange P-12 College has a Positive Relationship Policy in place that supports students in forming positive relationships with their peers. This policy is supported by the implementation and delivery of the Department of Education’s Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships Curriculum. There are a variety of programs in place to support students in managing their own behaviours and in forming positive relationships with their peers.View the Positive Relationships Policy
Doctors in Schools Program
The Grange P-12 College Secondary Campus is participating in the Victorian Government’s Doctors in Secondary Schools program. As part of this program, an adolescent-trained GP (general practitioner) and a nurse from My Clinic Werribee Central, will be operating on school grounds every Tuesday to provide free access to primary health care for secondary students at our school.
What will the GP do?
The GP will provide students with the same services as the kind normally provided by GPs in the community, including seeing students about their physical and mental health, and sexual and reproductive health issues. GPs may also make referrals to other health services as required.
The GP will bulk bill consultations through Medicare, so there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for this service for your family.
This program is not designed to replace any existing medical arrangements your family may have in place. The GP in the school can provide a convenient alternative to primary care within schools hours, and encourage health care access to those students without an existing relationship with a GP.
The program is intended to provide better access to primary care for secondary school students.
All GPs in this program will undergo adolescent health training and will understand the health and wellbeing needs of teenagers.
Accessing the GP
Generally, all students can make an appointment to see the GP. Victorian law is clear on how and when students can consent for medical treatment by a GP:
- Students who are mature minors can consent to their own medical treatment
- Students who are not mature minors cannot give consent to their own medical treatment.
Mature minors are students under the age of 18 years who are deemed capable of seeking and obtaining health care for their particular medical issue. The GP will assess if a student is a mature minor with respect to the issue for which they are seeking medical treatment.
If the GP considers your child is a mature minor, they may see them without you. The GP will often encourage your child to involve you in their care, and GPs understand you are an important source of information and support for your child when it comes to their health. If the GP thinks your student is not a mature minor, your consent will be sought if the student wishes to progress with the treatment.
More information on consent, confidentiality and medical treatment by a GP is included in the information sheet, which is on the Doctors in Secondary Schools webpage at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/doctors-secondary-schools.aspxt.
If you have any concerns or questions about the Doctors in Secondary School program, you can discuss them with Jodie Wright.
School Lawyer Program
The School Lawyer Project uses a new and innovative gateway to address hidden problems within a public school community and aims to build the confidence of that community to effectively engage with the justice system in order to improve the stability of school families and the attendance and performance of the school students. The project is a partnership between The Grange P-12 College and WEstjustice Community Legal Centre, creating an inclusive relationship with students, parents/guardians and teachers that goes beyond the traditional solicitor/client relationship.
The School Lawyer is employed by WEstjustice but based at The Grange Deloraine campus two days a week and is there to provide legal advice and representations for the students of The Grange P-12 College. The lawyer assists students with criminal law, family violence, homelessness, fines, employment and consumer law.
Along with casework, the lawyer is delivering community legal education (CLE) to students on many different topics. Some of these topics are sexting, bullying and cyber bullying, rights and responsibilities on public transport, employment rights.
You can reach the school lawyer (Nadia Baldassi) on the contact details below.
T: 03 9749 7720
M: 0490 438 743
- Youth Resource Centre
Phone: 8734 1355
- Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800
13 11 14