Engagement & Wellbeing
Wedderburn College’s purpose is to provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment that equips all students with the necessary values, skills and knowledge required to become positive contributing members of our community.
Student Wellbeing Coordinator
The Student Wellbeing coordinator manages the student wellbeing programs within the school. This may involve consultation with parents, staff, students and outside agencies. All welfare issues are addressed in confidence.
Beliefs and Understandings
The beliefs and understandings which underpin our college are:
- Students’ wellbeing is the highest priority
- We treat each other with respect
- We acknowledge and respect the Colleges staff and students’ achievements
- We rely on teamwork to achieve our goals and priorities
- All members of our College community have a commitment to lifelong and the highest quality learning
- We will be consultative in decision making
- We will regularly communicate to the College community
- We will take responsibility for our actions
- Honest, integrity and safety is our highest priority
The values which form the basis of actions of our College community are:
- Doing your best
- Positive Relationships
Operating alongside an inclusive and engaging curriculum are the followingongoing programs that support the wellbeing of students:
- Prep- Year 6 Advocacy program
- Year 11/12 Advocacy program
- Years 7-10 Advocacy program
- Secondary School Nurse Program
- Chaplaincy Program
- MATES – Mentoring Program
- Student Representative Council
Advocacy Program Year 11 – 12
Wedderburn College, as part of its Pathways Management Program conducts the Advocacy Program. This program builds upon the Managed Individuals Pathways Program (MIPs). The program, aims to improve student educational outcomes and increase retention and participation within the Year 11-12 cohort of students at Wedderburn College. The program involves a student in a one-to-one relationship with a teacher where the student is supported to explore their preferred learning styles, coping behaviours and other aspects of themselves. Within the program students will develop individual education plans, expectations of subjects and short-term goals.
Advocacy Year 7-10
All students from Year 7 to Year 10 participate for a period each work in the Advocacy/Skills for Success program. This program aims to support students in developing a number of skills necessary for academic and social success including goal setting, organisation, study skills and team work.
Secondary School Nurse Program
Wedderburn College has the services of a secondary School nurse two days a week. The Nurse is available to support students in a range of areas and also runs workshops for students.
The School Chaplain is in attendance two days each week. The work of the Chaplain complements the work of the College Wellbeing Team in the following ways:
- Assisting the wellbeing coordinator to deliver and coordinate student services
- Provides support for students and families in difficult times and when students are facing personal challenges
- Supporting the college staff to create and foster a safe environment for all
- Being approachable to all students staff and members of the college community
The MATES program is a college wide program that aims to better the opportunities and outcomes for local people.
Student Representative Council
The College has an active student elected SRC. This group reports regularly to the College Council and represented the views of the student body. Additionally the group also organises a number of student activities throughout the year.
Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy
A copy of the Student Engagement & Wellbeing Policy is available upon request from the College Office or online at www.wedderburn-college.vic.edu.auIt is important for all parents to read through the booklet and discuss with their children the importance of having rules and associated consequences.