Parents and students can feel free to contact Student Support staff should they require assistance with issues that may impact on a student’s enjoyment of and success at Western Port Secondary College.

Team member Role Availability
Nicole Rowe Wellbeing coordinator Mon-Fri
Nicole Rowe Defence Transition Mentor Mon-Fri
Christine Williams Chaplain Wed – Thurs
Laura Quirk Mental Health Practitioner  By referral
Education Support Social Worker By referral
Education Support Speech Pathologist/Visiting Teacher By referral


Western Port Secondary College has an extensive Student Support Team.

Role of the Wellbeing Cordinator:

Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator and Student Support Team Leader is responsible for one to one counselling, referrals, small group programs, referrals to Education Support Services and parent and community liaison


Defence Transition Mentor: 

The defence Transition Mentor provides support to students of Australian Defence Force members and families, particularly assisting students to manage the challenges of transitions.

College Health Promotion Nurse. responsible for health promotion & education, liaison with community agencies and confidential individual health counselling

College Chaplain – College Chaplain (sponsored by Access Ministries)

The chaplain has a unique role in creating positive relationships with students and walking with them through their tribulations and their joys. The major focus of the chaplain’s role is pastoral care, mentoring and counselling.  Mathew is also strongly involved in the formation and implementation of proactive student wellbeing programs and also plays a positive role in helping students work within the broader community.

Education Psychologist (DEECD Student Support Services) assists with learning, behavioural & emotional difficulties and assessments.  Referrals via the Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator

Social Worker (DEECD Student Support Services) provides: individual counselling, family outreach and early intervention

programs. Referrals via Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

Other DEECD Student Support Services by referral (SWC). Provides: support in areas such as Speech Pathology, the Visiting Teacher Service, assessment and support for students with specific physical needs. Includes work with family & relevant external agencies. Referrals via Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator.

Student Wellbeing Program Support

Individual Support
Team members provide confidential support to students either by referral from staff members, parent requests or student self-referrals. Where long-term support is required, referrals may be made to local community agencies.

Program Support
The Student Support Team has Health Promotion as a priority. We build strong links with networks in the local community and ensure that our college embraces relevant health promotion policies and develops curriculum utilising a whole school approach. Partnerships with agencies and parents are important in building links which can contribute to reducing risk factors recognised in our local community.

Prevention and early intervention are a priority. The Student Support Team delivers intervention programs and uses external agencies to enhance the college program. Programs are provided by key stakeholders in our community such as Youth Services, our local Community Health Service, Victoria Police and local Service Clubs.

Some examples of our programs are:

  • “Footprints” pastoral care & personal development program. Students study such areas as self esteem, conflict management, individual learning styles and selected areas of the health education curriculum. Each student is linked to their Footprints teacher over a three-year period. This teacher will be the main point of contact for teachers, parents and students throughout their middle years of schooling. It is our aim to get a picture of the “whole” student. In this way we will be better able to cater for the individual learning needs of each student at the college. Student Support staff assist teachers directly in planning and with the delivery of wellbeing-related programs within the footprints curriculum.
  • Peer Support Program. This is similar to programs that occur in Primary schools. Two Year 10 Peer Leaders are provided for each Year 7 group. The have undertaken an extensive training program and will work with new students commencing on orientation day and throughout the 2010 school year.

Peer Leaders have pledged to:-

  • Actively encourage all Year 7 students to become involved in school activities, show patience and confidently and assist Year 7’s to work as a team.
  • Help Year 7 students to solve problems and resolve conflict.
  • -Demonstrate support and friendship to all.

Peer leaders play a major part in ensuring that Year 7 students are supported in the classroom and in the school yard. They provide a vital support role to Footprints teachers.

  • Communities that Care project- Mornington Shire – youth engagement programs which reduce risk factors by reorientating services, providing a strong focus on programs recognised in protecting our young people.
  • Respect Protect Connect program – a protective behaviour anti- violence educational session providing Yr 8 students the realistic view of healthy relationships
  • Alcoholics Anonymous – community education programs including Alanon and Alateen program supports- a community education program providing real views about alcohol as a community issue and the impact of alcohol misuse including resources in our community for support
  • Ambulance Victoria ADAPT- students gaining an insight for party safe and community issues relating to keeping safe at parties
  • ‘Reducing the risk’- a student skills program delivered as part of the healthy relationships sexual health curriculum; encourages students to gain skills in assertive behaviours when being pressured by peer groups, relating in particular to healthy relationships
  • Fun Fit program- a self esteem program building links with community agencies to develop healthy active lives through the use of the local pool , healthy eating, coaching and increased physical activity
  • Reality Baby program- a student parenting program reducing risk for pregnancy and enhancing students realistic views of parenting and skills associated with their care of a computerised baby.
  • Mental Health projects eg FRIENDS
  • QUIT program offered to students by self referral
  • Health Days promoting healthy living
  • Small groups promoting connectedness
  • MAT (Martial Arts Therapy) program – developing assertiveness & life skills via martial arts training.
  • Links with Shire youth services
  • Headspace outreach programs-

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Research shows that health outcomes are better for people who have connections to their community. Medical research also shows that regular meditation improves health outcomes and can reduce blood pressure, stress levels and increase coping capabilities.

The aim/purpose of the project has been to:

1. To build stronger connections within the school community and with parents and families, local agencies such as Peninsula Health, Community groups such as Hastings Rotary and the broader community

2. Improve wellbeing outcomes – in particular the mental health of young people

3. Improve health outcomes for young people by building self-esteem and pride through engagement in the project and build relationships with the broader community

4. To provide a quiet, tranquil reflective space that can be used by and enjoyed by the whole community

5. Provide experimental learning opportunities that develop skills and pathways to the world of work for students and promote community involvement

Students across the school and people from the local community have taken part in the construction and development of the spiral meditation path and garden in our Outdoor Classroom.

The garden provides a quiet reflective space for students and the broader community when they need time out or are angry, distressed or upset. It is a place where students can leave their troubles behind when they walk through arched entryway. We have provided a space where they can relax and feel tranquil and calm.

Support services available to help

Critical support (24 hrs)

  • Child protection phone: 13 12 78
  • Kids Helpline phone: 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline phone: 13 11 14

Helpline information

  • Alcoholic’s Anonymous Phone: 9429 1833
  • Al-Anon Anonymous Phone: 9642 3330
  • Depression –‘Beyond Blue’ Phone: 1300 224 636
  • Drug Counselling Phone: 1800 888 236 (24hrs)
  • Gamblers Help Phone: 1800 858 858
  • Narcotics Anonymous Phone: 9525 2833
  • Sexual Assault Phone: 1800 806 292
  • Women’s Crisis Line Phone: 9373 0123

Local Support Organisations

  • Family Solutions Phone: 1300 721 383 (Counselling, financial and family support)
  • Legal Aid Hastings Phone: 59792762

Health Services

  • Aidsline Phone: 1800 133 392
  • Bunerong (Koori Health) @ Dandenong Phone: 9794 5933
  • Eating Disorders Phone: 9885 0318
  • CAMHS (Child Mental Health and Counselling/ self referral) Phone: 1300 369 012
  • Family Planning Health Services (Box Hill & Cranbourne) Phone: 96544766 & 96544766
  • Frankston Youth Resource Centre (Youth services) Phone: 9784 1868
  • Frankston Integrated Health Services (Community health & Koori outreach) Phone: 9784 8100
  • Headspace (Youth, Drugs and Mental Health) Phone: 9769 6419
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic (Carlton) Phone: 9347 0244
  • Peninsula Community Health Services (Health and Counselling) Phone: 5979 2894
  • Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Program (Pendap) Phone: 9784 8100
  • Youth Services Mornington Shire(Youth support and Outreach) Phone: 5986 3585

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