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It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another school year. Term 4 takes on many forms- consolidation, reflection, celebration, farewell and planning. A time for both looking back on the year and for looking forward to the next. Wellbeing is no different. It is a time to consider what supports and programs we have been able to provide for our students throughout the year- what our students need, what has worked and what could be done differently.

The Wellbeing Team have farewelled Kerrie, one of our incredibly dedicated counselling volunteers this week. Kerrie began with us as a student on placement in May 2022 and after completing her counselling qualification at the end of last year, she chose to stay on as a volunteer. We have been incredibly grateful for the time and commitment Kerrie has given to our students and school and wish her all the very best as she moves onto the next step in her counselling career. Students and parents who were seeing Kerrie for counselling have all been informed and had an opportunity to say goodbye.

Our Health Promotion Nurse, Kaye Walker, is continuing to develop a Vaping Education program across our Year 7, 8 and 9 THRIVE classes throughout Term 4. Vaping continues to be a significant public health issue for our young people and education about the harmful effects of vaping is an essential strategy for combatting the issue. If you have concerns about a young person who is vaping and would like further information or support, please make contact with your student’s Year Level Team Leader to discuss a referral to the Wellbeing Team. Alternatively, you can contact the Wellbeing Team via the front office.

As our Year 11 students are currently in exams and our Year 9’s and Year 10’s are about to embark on exams, we wish you all the best as you integrate your learning launch into Headstart for 2024.


Peta Cartwright | Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Accessing support through Wellbeing – Students

The Wellbeing Team can support students to navigate challenges that may be impacting on their ability to engage in learning or general feelings of wellbeing. This can include: transitions and adjusting to change, family or relationship difficulties, grief and loss, mental health concerns, drug and alcohol concerns, and many other challenges that young people encounter.

An initial appointment with a member of the wellbeing team will be an assessment of need with the student or family which will help to decide the best support option for the student. Support options available through the Wellbeing Team are:

  • Individual short term counselling, psychoeducation and skills development
  • group programs
  • referrals to external support agencies.
  • students may also be encouraged to access self-help strategies or resources.

Referrals to see someone from the team are made through year level leaders. Parents, students or teachers with concerns are encouraged to speak to their year level leader. Students or parents can also make an appointment directly with someone from the Wellbeing Team by attending the Wellbeing Centre, calling the school office or contacting us via email at wellbeing@fairhillshs.vic.edu.au

Year level leaders who are made aware of concerns by a teacher will always endeavour to make contact with parents before referring a student to the Wellbeing team.

All counselling sessions with students are confidential and information is only shared if a student is deemed to be at risk of harm.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, please contact kidshelpline or lifeline on the numbers at the bottom of this page.

What’s on in Wellbeing?

The Wellbeing Centre is open at recess and lunchtime for students who need a quiet, safe place to regulate or access support. The centre is also used for lunchtime group programs which are advertised through compass or on notice boards.

Q-Squad, our LBGTQIA+ group runs every Thursday lunchtime.

Accessing Support – Families

Most families, at some stage, need a little extra support to manage the normal challenges of life as well as the more difficult situations that arise. If you are experiencing hardship, stress or circumstances that are impacting on the wellbeing of your family life or your ability to cope, the Wellbeing Team can help to connect you with community services that can provide support. Please contact the Wellbeing Team via the school phone number or via email at wellbeing@fairhillshs.vic.edu.au

What’s on


Clink on the links below for further information

Knox 4 Me – a support program for rainbow young people aged 14-18Knox 4 Me
Knox Nocturnals Youth Program – Meet new friends, join activitiesKnox Nocturnals
Online Coaching for parents of teenagersOne on One Support | To help you support your teenagers through a tough time. – ReachOut Parents

Clothing Support – Thread Together

We recently partnered with Thread Together to provide free and brand clothing for students in need. Thread Together collects brand new unsold clothing from all around the country, saving it from landfill. Thread Together believe that people in need deserve the dignity and choice of new clothing, without judgement. If your children need any help with clothing, please contact the Wellbeing team for further assistance.

Breakfast Club

With the support of volunteers from local churches- Knox Baptist and Hillsong Church we are able to provide a breakfast club 5 days a week for our students, including a Pancake Breakfast every Thursday morning. All students are welcome.

Food support for families in need

Each fortnight on a Tuesday after school from 2:48pm – 3:08pm we have food support available for families who may be in need, for whatever reason. We have a selection of frozen meals and pantry items that families can collect from the former school canteen area without question or judgement. We know that access to food can be a real challenge for some families and we feel strongly about supporting the basic needs of our students and families. Watch out for compass posts each fortnight.

External food support options

The following community agencies provide food support for families in need.

Cybersecurity: Resources

eSafety’s express learning series provides parents and carers with practical tips and advice on common online safety concerns. The videos are 5 to 10 minutes long and cover four important topics, including:

  • Setting up parental controls
  • Digital technologies and mental health
  • Cyberbullying and online drama
  • Online sexual harassment and image-based abuse

Cyber Safety Project provides a whole community approach focused on developing future skills, lifelong habits and self-regulation when innovating and using digital technologies for work, life and play. To create safer communities our educational programs and proactive teaching strategies will engage the whole community with learning how to participate safely and responsibly in a digitally-engaged world. To learn more about family workshops and webinars for parents or carers, please visit https://cybersafetyproject.com.au/families/

Parentzone Eastern – Parenting Solo program

A parent building solutions program for sole parents of children 0 -18 years.

Do you want to:

  • Feel more supported as a sole parent?
  • Learn strategies to help your child cope with change and stress in life?
  • Set boundaries on challenging behaviors while still maintaining a positive relationship with your child?
  • Connect with other sole parents living in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs?

Interactive 5-week program to learn strategies and connect with others. The program is held online via Zoom so you will need to have a device with video and audio in order to participate.

  • Each Thursday for 5 weeks (9 – 30 November 2023)
  • Noon – 2pm
  • Online via Zoom
  • Free for sole parents living in Melbourne’s Eastern region.

For more information contact Sharon Muir on sharon.muir@anglicarevic.org.au

Or go to this link to register Registration – Parenting Solo (office.com)




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