Wellbeing Services

‘The Cranbourne East Wellbeing team is lead by the Wellbeing Leader, Marianne McEwen, and each sub school has a designated counsellor (Hannah Coburn Years 7 & 8, Sam Dzungayira Years 9&10 and Nicole Price Years 11&12). A Mental Health Practitioner, Shaun Simpson, and Adolescent Health Nurse, Ana Syposs, support students across year levels.

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
  • Family challenges, including family break-up
  • Grief and loss
  • School refusal
  • Risk-taking behaviours
  • Mental health
  • Child safety concerns

Wellbeing support also includes proactively building students’ resiliency skills, communication skills and coping strategies. The Youth Worker, Todd Caldwell, works to build engagement and connections across the college and leads lunchtime activities and programs that promote positive peer relationships. Community networks also enhance wellbeing for students within the school and support positive connections with community links.

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.

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 behavioural, social or emotional concerns they have about their child
  • Referral to external support services and specialist mental health assessment/treatment services
  • Positive mental health promotion and liaison with school-wide programs relevant to student wellbeing
  • Financial support for families in need.

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. For further information and support relating to learning needs for your child, please contact the relevant Year Level Leader.

Wellbeing Partnerships

  • 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
  • African Community Liaison Officer: The Education Department initiative is focused on building school engagement and community networks and is available at CESC on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Mental Health Clinicians: Students can access a mental health clinician via a mental health care plan at school each Monday, 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.

Wellbeing Programs

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.

  • 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
  • Year 7 Camp – wellbeing staff building positive relationships and connections with students
  • Headspace 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Year 12 Camp – wellbeing activities around the journey of completing a successful year and having a growth mindset
  • 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.
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