Student Wellbeing

Students’ health, safety and wellbeing are essential to learning and development. An inclusive, safe, orderly and stimulating environment for learning is critical to achieving and sustaining students’ positive learning experiences. At Point Cook College we are committed to;

  1. Providing a safe and stimulating learning environment to ensure all students can achieve their full potential.
  2. Optimising individual student academic, social and emotional development and growth.

Student Engagement

Student engagement refers to the extent to which students feel connected to and engaged in their learning and with the broader school community. It spans students’ motivation to learn, as well as their active involvement in learning. Engagement also refers to students’ engagement as they make critical transitions through school and beyond into further education and work. At Point Cook College we are committed to;

  1. Improving student engagement across the school so that every child is connected and challenged in their learning
  2. Maximising student involvement in their learning and broadening educational provision to increase opportunities for all
  3. Ensuring all key areas of student transition are coherent, planned and supported
  4. Creating opportunities within the College community for student voice

Wellbeing Team

All staff have a significant role to play in supporting student wellbeing across the College. Initial concerns about your child’s academic, physical, social or emotional wellbeing should be raised with the home room teacher first, as they are the people who have the closest relationship with your child. If teachers need to seek further advice they will refer the matter to the Wellbeing Team for case load management or support recommendations.

The Wellbeing Team is led by the Wellbeing and Inclusion Coordinator. Their role is to manage high level wellbeing support across the College by allocating resources and providing assistance for students and families.

Team members are as follows;

Rachel Wallace – Wellbeing and Inclusion Coordinator

Robyn Fincher – Positive Climate and Engagement Assistant Principal

Abbi Chamberlain – Social Worker & Student Counsellor

Melanie Azzopardi – Community Youth Worker & student Counsellor

Lucy Shephard – Speech Pathologist (please note, services do not include private therapy sessions)

Student Support

A key role of the Wellbeing Team is to provide support for students who are experiencing language, social or emotional challenges. This support may be either individual or group based, short or long term, depending on needs. If a student is recommended by the team for ongoing support parents will be asked to sign a consent form. Our student support hub, known as ‘The SPACE” houses our wellbeing team, withdrawal and student support services. In addition to being the location for group programs and counselling services, the SPACE provides a safe haven for students to visit during recess and lunch breaks. Students in Years 7-9 are able to visit our Social Worker and Community Youth Worker to seek confidential advice or assistance. These students will be supported to inform parents should matters be raised that impact on their immediate safety or wellbeing.

Speech Pathology Program

In schools, Speech Pathologists provide intervention for learning, engagement, wellbeing and positive student outcomes. Our Speech Pathologist will be supporting students with the development of their language, speech, social skills and learning by conducting assessments, designing group interventions, working with Education Support staff to implement group sessions and acting as a consultant for teachers and parents to support students in their learning at home and in the classroom. Parents are advised that the Speech Pathology services at Point Cook College do not include individual therapy sessions however do allow for the provision of referrals, advice and recommendations for students with speech pathology needs.

Program for Students with a Disability

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Community Program and Services

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Breakfast Club

External Support Agencies

Health and Safety

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Child Safety Standards

Click here to view our Child Safety Policy

Anaphylaxis and Allergies

Student Access Restrictions

For the College to adhere to student access restriction conditions, parents will need to provide copies of official documentation. All documentation must be current and signed by the relevant authorities.

This documentation may include;

  1. Parenting Orders
  2. Family Orders
  3. Intervention Orders
  4. Family Violence Orders

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure all new documentation is provided prior to the expiry date to avoid any unavoidable breaches.

Wellbeing Assistance

We are committed to ensuring all students have equal access to the educational programs we provide. Support is available for families who may be under financial hardship to meet the costs of their child’s education.

We understand that circumstances may arise which create financial pressure and we have a number of assistance options available for families, including fee payment alternatives, uniform subsidy and camps and excursion support.

For families who are experiencing ongoing financial hardship, our wellbeing team can provide advice and links to external agencies.

For government assistance packages, eligibility is determined through successful applications for CSEF assistance. In other circumstances please contact the College and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.

All requests for assistance will be treated confidentially and with discretion.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund provides payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions. CSEF applications open in Term 1 each year and forms can be downloaded here or obtained from the main office.

State Schools Relief State

Schools’ Relief is a not for profit organisation that supports the needs of underprivileged Victorian government school students, by providing new school uniforms, shoes and educational resources. Their goal is to ensure that all students facing genuine financial hardship have the necessary clothing and appropriate footwear for school. Applications are submitted by the College on behalf of families. Parents or carers who are struggling to provide their child’s uniform should contact the Positive Climate and Engagement Assistant Principal to discuss their situation.