The Cranbourne East Secondary College Wellbeing Team provides a proactive and comprehensive Student Wellbeing Program that builds and promotes a sense of belonging and resilience for all students.
We believe that all students should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve a meaningful pathway. The Wellbeing Team is committed to building a secure learning environment where all students feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe, reflecting the school values of Respect, Growth, Achievement and Responsibility.
THE WELLNESS CENTRE
This on-site purpose-built facility offers a safe and inviting environment for students to seek help and access support services, i.e. counsellors, psychologists, social workers, doctors, health promotion nurse and other allied health professionals.
The Wellness Centre is aligned with the Department of Education’s approach to improving student outcomes by using a ‘student centred’ approach and improving accessibility, by bringing services within the gates of the school.
REFERRAL TO THE WELLBEING TEAM
- Students can self-refer to the Student Wellbeing Team via email or by visiting the Wellness Centre located behind the Orange Portables
- Principals, teachers and support staff can arrange for a referral to the Student Wellbeing Team if they have concerns about a student’s wellbeing
- Parents can also request an appointment for their child with the Student Wellbeing Team by contacting the team via phone.
In some instances, a student may be referred to an external support service. We also respect the fact that some students and parents may prefer to seek professional support independent from the school setting. In such cases, the Student Wellbeing Team values working collaboratively with external services. In all cases, we encourage parents to communicate with the school if there is a significant issue affecting their child’s health or wellbeing.
STUDENT WELLBEING SERVICES
The members of the Student Wellbeing Team are experienced in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students navigate their way through the various social and emotional challenges they may face.
These challenges may include:
- Social difficulties
- Emotional challenges
- Behavioural difficulties
- Learning needs
- Family challenges, including family break-up
- Grief and loss
- School refusal
- Risk-taking behaviours
- Mental health
- Child safety concerns
SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE STUDENT WELLBEING TEAM
- Individual counselling for students
- Therapeutic groups targeting stress management, anxiety and academic pressure
- Mindfulness meditation
- Consultation with parents regarding any learning, behavioural, social or emotional concerns they have about their child
- Referral to external support services and specialist assessment/treatment services
- Positive mental health promotion and liaison with school-wide programs relevant to student wellbeing
- Financial support for families in need.
Cranbourne East Secondary College is continually developing an organisational culture that protects children from abuse and reflects its commitment to child safety. Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety can be found on the Policies page, as can our Child Safe Code of Conduct and other relevant policies and information, such as the Visitors and Volunteers Policies. The Community Information booklet provides our College community with vital information on how we are meeting the requirements of Ministerial Order 870 – the Child Safe Standards. If you have any questions in relation to the Child Safe Standards, please do not hesitate to contact our Child Safety Officer, Marianne McEwen on 5990 0200.
Further information about the Child Safe Standards can also be found on the DET Victoria Website here Child Safe Standards.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Cranbourne East Secondary College has a commitment to improving the learning outcomes for all students, by acknowledging and catering for their diverse learning needs. We provide an inclusive educational program that ensures all students have access to a quality education.
For students funded under the Department of Education’s Program for Students with a Disability, we have an experienced team of Integration Aides that support students in the classroom. Additional staff are employed as required to meet the needs of our students.
- Doctors in Secondary School Program: The doctor is available at school every Monday and bookings can be made by students through the link on Compass
- School Lawyer: A lawyer from Monash Legal Service is available at school every Wednesday and bookings can be made by students through the link on Compass. Please note that parents/carers are not eligible to access the school lawyer.
- Mental Health Clinicians: Students can access a mental health clinician via a mental health care plan at school each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Student Support Service Officers (SSSO): Student support services comprise a broad range of professionals including psychologists, speech pathologists and social workers. They work as part of an integrated health and wellbeing team within networks of schools, focusing on providing group-based and individual support, workforce capacity building and the provision of specialised services.
The Wellbeing Team and staff facilitate and/or support a range of proactive, preventative and early intervention programs across the school. Below are examples of some of the health, wellbeing and inclusion programs scheduled during the year.
Year 7 – Year 8 (Junior School)
- 360 Bus – City of Casey Mobile Youth Centre
- C4S (Connect 4 Success) – Program to connect students to school and build confidence and resilience
- Hands on Learning (HOL) – Program which uses a hands-on approach for Year 8 re-engagement to improve attitudes and behaviour in school
- ‘Illy’ – I like, Like You – Program promotes the connection between healthy relationships and emotional health and wellbeing
- Lunchtime Games Club – Year 7 students creating social networks by playing board games
- Krongold Program – Small groups working on social skills
- Transition Program – Supporting students with transition from Grade 6 to Year 7
- Try Mentoring – Involving students in decision-making to empower them with the tools to succeed.
Year 9 – Year 10 (Middle School)
- Class presentations by Legal Aid on sexual consent – To teach students about sexual consent in the context of healthy respectful relationships
- PreCAL Program – Students attend Narre Learning Centre every Friday to learn employability skills and gain additional qualifications
- Respect Connect Protect – SECASA – The Respect Protect Connect program aims to help schools do this by broadening Year 9’s definition of violent behaviour and raising awareness about its impact on their health
- Sporting Change – After-school sporting activitity
Year 11 – Year 12 (Senior School)
- Aiming Higher Mentoring – Small group mentoring where students develop community projects
- Friday Mindfulness – lunchtime relaxation sessions
- Motivational Day – focussed on Year 12 students participating in workshops and fun activities
· Wellbeing Wednesday – Weekly health and wellbeing tips for senior students.
- Breakfast Club – Focus on nutrition, promote relationships and start the day well together. Breakfast Club runs each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am
- Community Police Presentations – Presentations on cyber bullying and community safety
- Diversity Club – To raise awareness and support for sexual and gender diversity and inclusiveness in the school community
- Empower Youth Program – Inclusive program for students from CALD background
- eSmart – To increase understanding and knowledge for staff, students, and parents on cyber safety
- Aspire to Lead – Students receive education around safe and appropriate gaming
- Health & Wellbeing Days – To promote health wellbeing and have fun participating in workshops
- National Day Against Bullying – All students participate in activities on this day
- RecLink Lunchtime Sport Program – Run by CMY and Sport Pathway students to encourage all students to be physically active
- R U OK? Day – To raise awareness of engaging in regular and meaningful conversations with others
- The 4C’s – Cultivating Creative Cultures with Community – To increase engagement and build relationships with students and families through dance and celebration.
Casey Community Health Service
Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues
City of Casey Youth Services
Cranbourne Information & Support Service
Foundation House (support for refugees/asylum seekers)
Hanover Dandenong – Housing Support
1800 825 955
Headspace, Dandenong & Narre Warren
1800 367 968
1300 984 011
1300 364 277
Springvale Monash Legal Service
South East Community Links
Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre
Taskforce Drug & alcohol counselling
QLIFE (support for LGBTI)
1800 184 527
Uniting Connections (Child First)
Victorian Legal Aid (Dandenong)
WAYSS (Crisis accommodation)
1300 946 337
YSAS (Youth Support & Advocacy Service)
1800 458 685
24 HOUR NUMBERS
DHS Child Protection Southern Region Intake
(Mon-Fri 9 am to 5 pm)
1300 655 795
DHS Child Protection (After Hours)
Directline 24 hr drug/alcohol info
1800 888 236
Family Drug Help Line
1300 660 068
Family Violence Service ‘Safe Steps’
1800 015 188
Grief Line 12 noon-3 am
1300 845 745
Kids Help Line
1800 551 800
13 11 14
Police / Fire / Ambulance
Psychiatric Triage Team – Mental health issues
1300 369 012
Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1800 806 292
Suicide Help Line
1300 651 251
CONTACT THE WELLBEING TEAM: 5990 0200