Wellbeing is a priority at our School and every adult shares responsibility for the welfare of our students.

At the day to day level, we have a dedicated team of Home Group Teachers and VCE Tutors who are always the first point of contact for our students and their parents. Together they work closely with the School leadership team to support students’ academic and personal wellbeing needs.

Our extensive wellbeing program includes a whole school approach to Mindfulness and encourages positive education, leadership and service. In addition, we also have a highly qualified team of health professionals, educational specialists and support staff who provide a range of wellbeing and pastoral care services to our students and their families.

Student Services

Our Student Services team includes Learning Enhancement specialists and experts in Curriculum and Careers Counselling services.

Our Education Support Groups (ESG) assist students with very particular needs and work in partnership with parents to assist the student and provide a personalised program of support. Clear and active communication structures in all areas also ensure issues and concerns are addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.

Wellbeing Centre

Our current Wellbeing Centre which will soon adjoin the new Wellbeing Precinct, offers students a dedicated space to practise Mindfulness, keep active and access our School's health services.

There is a Mind Body Studio to host group discussions or yoga/pilates classes, a modern fitness gym, and a home for our School Nurse and School Psychologist, linking these important services.

Our new Wellbeing Precinct, that follows our strategic focus on sports and wellbeing, will include an 8-lane indoor swimming pool, diving boards and an additional learn-to-swim pool along with two wellbeing studios and 12 outdoor multi-purpose sports courts.

School Nurse

Our qualified Registered Nurse has extensive experience working in schools and is available to attend to student illness, accidents and emergencies from 8.15am – 4.15pm during term time.

The School Nurse is based in the Wellbeing Centre.

School Psychologists

Young people who look after their mental health, connect well with their friends and family and have a positive attitude to life do better in school.

Our School Psychologists are available to support young people from ELC to Year 12. Our Psychologists offer expert counselling, advocacy and assessment services to help young people reach their full potential. Counselling approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness training, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy.

Throughout the School, our School Psychologists run workshops for students within the WAVES program that are specifically tailored for the psychological needs of students at each age and stage in

In the Junior School we focus on a preventative approach to empower students to understand their personal, social and emotional development. We use a range of wellbeing interventions including:

Mindful ME – our specialised mindfulness program that teaches students both formal and informal mindfulness skills. Mindful ME sessions are delivered in the classroom, in the MindBodySpirit room, at the Willow Courtyard, and at Mentone Beach (our classroom by the bay).

SHE Journals - In 2018 we have launched our new wellbeing journals which every student will have. Teachers will use these journals on a daily basis to enhance our students wellbeing and encourage them to work through their personal thoughts and feelings.

Kimochi’s Feelings Guide – a social and emotional learning toolkit that offers a fun way for students to learn how to identify and express feelings, build emotional literacy, confidence, empathy, and positive social skills

Inner Hero – a personal development resource that covers a series of modules including TEAMWORK, BULLYING BEHAVIOURS, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, and PAYING IT FORWARD (with KINDNESS)

Wellbeing Conversations – targeted wellbeing classes that are tailored to student need that may address a range of topics including:

  • Managing stress & anxiety
  • Friendships
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Resilience & Coping Skills

Examples of programs run in the Senior school include:

  • Learning about sleep and developing a good sleep pattern
  • How to resolve friendship issues and deal with bullying
  • Positive psychology and coping
  • Stress management, mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

SHE Journals - In 2018 we have launched our new wellbeing journals which every student will have including our Senior students with 'SHE Senior'. Home Group Teachers will use these journals on a daily basis to enhance our students wellbeing and encourage them to work through their personal thoughts and feelings.

Our psychologists are also passionate about supporting and educating parents. We run parenting breakfasts and evening sessions where we invite experts to share their ideas and strategies on dealing with issues that affect girls. We are also happy to meet with parents to discuss the best ways to support their children at home and at school.

To contact Natalia Zarzycka, Lead School Psychologist:

Phone: 9581 1228

Email: Nzarzycka@mentonegirls.vic.edu.au

Natalia is located in the Wellbeing Centre, next door to the School Nurse.

To contact Kirsty Alnwick, Junior School Psychologist:

Phone : 9581 1258 Email kalnwick@mentonegirls.vic.edu.au

Kirsty is located upstairs in the Junior School, next door to the School Chaplain.

Confidentiality for Psychology Services

Written parental consent will be sought for individual Psychology sessions with students from the Junior School. In the Senior School, students may request to see the School Psychologist without parental consent.

As much as possible, the School Psychologist will work to involve parents in the counselling process for the benefit of the student, but will also ensure student privacy where required.

Written parental consent will be sought in both the Junior and Senior School for formal cognitive and behavioural testing.

Formal consent is not required for participation in group programs run by the School Psychologist as part of the WAVES curriculum.

Discussions with students are confidential. This means that for senior students, we do not tell parents, teachers or other students what we talk about. The exception to this is if a student’s health, or someone else’s, is at risk. At times, the School Psychologist may ask for information to be shared with teachers or other professionals for the benefit of the student. In these situations, consent for sharing information will be sought from students and parents.

Where appropriate, the School Psychologist may also liaise with other staff at the School to support and enable students to reach their full potential, within confidentiality guidelines

School Chaplain

Students have the support of our delightful School Chaplain, Rev Philippa Lohmeyer-Collins, who provides informal discussion groups and a warm and caring environment, as well as group lessons through our Religion and Values Education RAVE) program.

Students can visit ‘Rev Philippa’ confidentially at any time.

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