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Due to skeleton staff, Wellbeing services have been limited the past couple of weeks.  When we are back in full capacity appointments will be rescheduled. Thank you for all your patience.

We were however, very fortunate to have the following programs run last week which they were very well received by the students.

Red Frogs Australia presented their Party Safe program to our Year 11’s & Year 12’s. The program explored issues such as Alcohol, Drugs and the Australian drinking culture, Mental Health, Peer Pressure, Social Media, and Making positive choices. The Party Safe curriculum is based on the latest research and the years of experience Red Frogs has in supporting young people in party environments such as university parties and end-of-school celebrations.

Elephant Ed also visited the Year 8 students last week and discussed issues commonly faced by adolescents including safety, identity, body image, social media, and other issues. The students loved the workshops which worked towards empowering young people to make informed, positive and safe decisions about sexuality, relationships and growing up.


“Everyone you admire was once a beginner.” – Jack Butche

Amal Saleh-Zada| Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Bridge Builders Retreat Opportunity for Girls 13-15 years

Once again we have the opportunity to send 5 girls (13-15yrs) to the amazing UR Retreat run by BridgeBuilders Youth Charity from Monday 19 – Thursday 22 September in Toolangi. The camp aims to create an environment where young women are immersed and empowered to transform into all that they can be, through guest speakers, engaging workshops and activities. Students who have attended the retreat in the past have always said what an amazing time and experience they had and talked of the lasting friendships and impact the retreat had on them.

If your daughter is interested in attending the camp please email Gail Ackroyd, School Chaplain on gail.ackroyd2@education.vic.gov.au or speaker to your Year Level Leader for more information and an expression of interest form. You will need to do this as soon as possible so we can confirm places with the Retreat.  The cost of the Retreat is $99 per student. However, if cost is a barrier, please speak to Gail about options for this.

Scholarship Opportunity for Year 10 Students

ABCN Accelerate Scholarships 2022

Applications are open for a scholarship supporting Year 10 students facing economic, family or social challenges that impact their studies or capacity to achieve their tertiary pathway. The Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) Accelerate Scholarship program provides students with a dedicated corporate mentor and financial support.

This includes time with the mentor to help set goals and develop valuable workplace skills and $7,000 in financial assistance, for school expenses, over 3 years.

Eligibility requirements

All Year 10 students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Students must also meet 2 out of the 3 categories to be eligible:

  1. demonstrated academic commitment and high engagement
  2. demonstrated responsibility and organisation as a leader at school or in extra-curricular activities
  3. demonstrated commitment and dedication to community service and sports, including to others in need, to their extended family unit or sporting team

How to apply

Interested students should speak to their Year Level Team Leader about the application process and their eligibility.

As part of the application, students must submit a short essay addressing ‘the difference this ABCN scholarship will make to my life and the community around me’, and include the following responses:

  • the benefits of having a mentor
  • what the student would use the scholarship funds for
  • the impact they would have in their community

The principal must submit the application on behalf of the student.

Applications close Friday 19 August 2022.

Scholarship recipients will be informed in late October 2022.

For further information about the essay and eligibility, refer to the application guide: https://abcn.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/ABCN-Accelerate-Application-Guide-2022-FINAL.pdf

All kids deserve a fair go

Variety believes all kids should have the chance to follow their dreams and reach their full potential, so they have created two kinds of Variety Heart Scholarships to help kids do just that.

Existing Talent is designed to support children with a demonstrated talent who are living with disability or illness or experiencing disadvantage, to reach the next stage of development in their talent.

Educational is designed to support children who are experiencing disadvantage assistance to cover the basic educational needs.

All kids deserve to follow their dreams.

Whether it’s a dream to compete at a higher level in sport or wow a crowd on a stage – Variety Heart Scholarships can cover items such as travel, accommodation, equipment, coaching, competition fees and much more.

Scholarships are awarded up to the value of $5,000 in the areas of Education, Sports and the Arts.

Who can apply?

Australian citizens, permanent residents or residents of Victoria, aged 6 to 17 years and able to demonstrate an existing talent with Education, Sport or the Arts.

Please read the guidelines and refer to their list of Frequently Asked Questions before you apply – https://www.variety.org.au/vic/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Variety-Heart-Scholarships-FAQs_17July18.pdf

All submissions received by the end of each month will be assessed in the following month until our allocation is exhausted.

For more info visit: https://www.variety.org.au/vic/scholarships

Lunch Time Groups

Explore, facilitated by Gail, our School Chaplain, is a group for Year 7/8 girls and students who identify as female to connect through games, crafts, activities and discussion. The group will explore themes of friendships, personal strengths, coping and lots more. It runs Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Wellbeing Centre. Interested students can speak to the Year Level Leader or pop in to see Gail on a Monday or Tuesday for more information.

? Squad – our LGBTQ+ group continues to run on Thursday lunchtimes in the Wellbeing Centre and is open to all students.


Feel Good Fridays

Feel Good Fridays- is a series of lunchtime workshops that runs in the Wellbeing Centre on Fridays. The workshops are focussed on helping students to understand the connection between their bodies and their minds- and how keeping healthy routines for physical health supports our mental wellbeing as well. The series started last week looking at Nutrition/Hydration. Topics to be addressed in coming weeks are Sleep, Exercise, Relaxation and Personal Strengths.

Fathering Project

The Fathering Project is coming to Fairhills! The Fathering Project educates, connects and mobilises fathers and families to create brighter futures for all children. It is research-based prevention and early intervention programs and resources that engage, inform, inspire, equip and support fathers, families, schools, corporates and community-based organisations. It’s simple, fathers and father figures play a critical role in preventing long-term social, emotional and cognitive difficulties and creating the conditions for children to thrive.

If you are interested in participating in this fantastic upcoming project, please contact our Student Wellbeing Coordinator – Amal Saleh-Zada (amal.saleh-zada@education.vic.gov.au or 0456 416 431).

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is held in J2 – entrance from the Canteen Courtyard) as follows:

  • Monday – recess – basic breakfast
  • Tuesday – recess – basic breakfast
  • Wednesday – before school – basic breakfast
  • Thursday – before school – pancakes
  • Friday – before school – basic breakfast

Families in need – Internal Food Options

Tuesday 2 August and every fortnight after (Tuesday 16 August, Tuesday 30 August etc) our Frozen meal and Pantry is open to students and families that this is helpful for. Please meet our Chaplain Gail in the Canteen after school, from 3:09pm to 3:45pm. All Welcome.

Families in need – External Food Options

For families in need please see the following services that support the community:


Student Wellbeing Team

Student Wellbeing Coordinator – Amal Saleh-Zada
Chaplain – Gail Ackroyd
Mental Health Practitioner – Peta Cartwright
University Placement Students: Elli, Kerrie, Michelle

Accessing Support through Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Team can assist students in accessing the support they need to navigate challenges that may impact their ability to engage in learning or general feelings of Wellbeing. For example, the Wellbeing Team can engage the student or family in an initial assessment of need, short term counselling or skills development or referrals to external support agencies. Students may also be encouraged to access self-help strategies or resources. We will explore the best options for each student.

We encourage students and/or parents to contact the year level leaders for wellbeing referrals. You can also make an appointment with someone from the Wellbeing Team by attending the Wellbeing Centre or contacting us via email at wellbeing@fairhillshs.vic.edu.au

Teachers who have concerns about a student may also refer them to the Wellbeing Team through their Year Level Coordinator.

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



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