The Wellbeing Team at Cranbourne Secondary College adopts a holistic model of health and wellbeing that focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and social functioning of students.

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Some of the work we do includes:

  • Health and mental health promotion and early intervention activities
  • Support of social-emotional learning activities
  • Provision of support to students and families
  • Individual short-term counselling for students
  • Group work
  • Restorative Practices
  • Consultation/advice and referral to external agencies for counselling and material aid
  • Doctors in Secondary School Program

Referrals to the Wellbeing Team are accepted from various sources including student self-referrals, parents and school staff.

Students requiring counselling are able to access brief, short-term counselling with the Wellbeing Team. In situations where regular or longer-term counselling is required, students will often be supported to access external services in the local community. The school currently utilises counselling services during school hours from a number of external agencies, including:

  • Jason Crestani – Inspired Honey Psychological Services
  • Anita Kopiec – Psychologist

The Wellbeing Team consists of:

  • Catherine Gilchriest (Assistant Principal)
  • Katherine Shaw (Psychologist)
  • Kirsty Vondeling (Psychologist)
  • Jessica Price (Psychologist)
  • Gina Harrex (Secondary School Nurse)
  • Graeme Vines (Counsellor)
  • Melissa Bannister (Wellbeing Team Leader)
  • Jamie Duell (Youth Worker)
  • Donna Davidson (Mental Health Occupational Therapist)
  • Ellica Evans (Mental Health Nurse)

Therapeutic Martial Arts Program

“MAT Program: A therapeutic martial arts program”. The program aims to:

  • Work on goal setting and problem solving
  • Learn new skills to manage life challenges
  • Engage young people in fun and fitness
  • Improve communication and social skills
  • Develop positive relationships
  • Develop new skills for mind and body

This program is designed to be a stimulating, challenging and fun experience. It uses elements of traditional martial arts to link in with life skills. It is designed to help the young people regulate their thoughts, actions and behaviours. The program content will cover topics such as feeling good about self, making good choices, respect and responsibility, managing strong emotions, managing anger and conflict, social skills training and growing positive futures. The program does not teach participants how to fight; there is no instruction in street fighting or weapons techniques.

RAISE – In School Mentoring Opportunity

We are very excited to be introducing an evidence-based, best practice mentoring program called Ismo (In School Mentoring Opportunity) within our school community, and we would like to extend the opportunity for students in Year 8 and 9 to be involved.

The benefits of mentoring are many, with the primary one being that students often greatly benefit from having a neutral positive role model to talk to who is an adult, but who is not connected to the school or family.  Graduates of the Ismo program have appreciated and flourished under individualised support from Raise mentors who are trained to assist with identifying and achieving goals that are meaningful for each student.  Raise mentors are volunteers from the community and corporate partners who have been formally trained in mentoring through a TAFE accredited training course.  They visit our school as a group once a week during Term 2 and Term 3 for one hour of mentoring.  Please note that all mentors have been screened through appropriate Working with Children Security Clearances.

Raise Foundation will be undertaking an evaluation of the Ismo Program which will provide invaluable insight into how the Ismo program influences positive outcomes for young people. We invite all students from the Ismo program to take part in this evaluation.


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Useful Links & Contacts

  • Headspace: Online and telephone mental health support (aged 12-25)
    Phone: 1800 367 968
  • Kids Help Line: Online and telephone support for young people (aged 0-24).
    Phone: 1800 551 800
  • Life Line: Telephone support for people of all ages.
    Phone: 13 11 14
  • Casey Youth Services:  Offering support to students who reside or study in the City of Casey.
    Phone: 0417347909
  • Parent Line: Support for parents of young people (aged 0-18)
    Phone: 13 22 89
  • Beyond Blue: Supporting everyone to achieve their best possible mental health.
    Phone: 1300 224 636
  • Psychiatric Triage: Mental Health emergency support service.
    Phone: 1300 369 012
  • Online Resources for Young People