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Student Support

A holistic approach to wellbeing helps young people strive for their potential.

Mornington Secondary College recognises the importance of providing a safe and supportive community where students are nurtured academically, socially and emotionally.

All of our students have equal access to the Wellbeing Services, including referrals to external agencies when required.

The Wellbeing Team

Michael Parker

Assistant Principal / Team Leader Wellbeing

Suzie Adsett

Adolescent Health Nurse

Nicole Boland

Mental Health Practitioner

Jon Gibson

Wellbeing Chaplain

Bronwen Hocking

Student Wellbeing Counsellor

The Wellbeing Team is made up of Mental Health Practitioners, Adolescent Health Nurse and Counsellors, who work collaboratively to support students and their families with a wide range of academic and non-academic needs. Together they provide school-based counselling, as well as a referral service to external support agencies when needed.

Doctors in Schools

Mornington Secondary College is proud to be a provider of the government-led Doctors in Schools program, where students are able to access a GP specialising in adolescent health. The program is designed to make primary healthcare more accessible to students, help young people address health concerns promptly and ease pressure on working parents. You can make an appointment for this bulk-billed service for your child by emailing doctor@mornsc.vic.edu.au.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services assist young people faced with learning barriers to achieve their educational and developmental potential. They provide strategies and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels. Student Support Services comprise a broad range of professionals including psychologists, guidance officers, speech pathologists, social workers and visiting teachers.

External Psychology Service

MSC has a visiting psychologist who attends the College two days per week to provide a bulk billed psychological counselling service to students. This service is accessed under a Mental Health Care Plan available from your local GP or the Doctors in Schools program. Please contact your child’s wellbeing counsellor or year level coordinator if you would like to access this service.

Shire Youth Service

MSC has a local partnership with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Service. The Youth Service provide a range of services to the MSC community on campus as well as at their local youth centre, ‘The Corner’.

Department of Education and Training (DET)

Student Support Services assist young people faced with learning barriers to achieve their educational and developmental potential. They provide strategies and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels. Student Support Services comprise a broad range of professionals including psychologists, guidance officers, speech pathologists, social workers and visiting teachers.

Connect

‘Connect’ focusses on helping students to connect with the whole school community: staff, students, families and even the broader Mornington community. Lessons include evidence-based mental health & wellbeing content specific to the year level of the students. Sessions run every day, with Tuesday and Thursday being extended sessions that incorporate curriculum from The Resilience Project (TRP).

The Resilience Project (TRP)

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. The program is imbedded into the Connect curriculum at Mornington Secondary College.

Students engage in activities and discussions around Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, as well as Emotional Literacy, as they are foundational contributors to positive mental health. More information is available on the TRP website.

Respectful Relationships Program

Respectful Relationships supports schools to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when respect and equality are embedded in our education settings.

Rainbow Group

The Rainbow Group is a social group created to make students feel included, meet new people and a provide a safe place where students can support each other. It is inclusive, can be a place for friends to eat lunch, have fun and be calm. The group creates a welcoming community where everyone feels they have a place in the school.

Breakfast Club

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, students are invited to attend a school-supplied breakfast. Breakfast is served in a casual cafe style environment that allows students to start the day with a nutritious meal and encourages social connection. All students are welcome to attend. (8am-8.45am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday).