Wellbeing initiatives and resources

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Students

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Students

Introducing “Miri” our College Wellbeing Dog 

Miri, the Wellbeing Dog, with Georgia Y12Miri (Ngunnawal word for ‘dog’) was the clear winner of our Name our Puppy poll. She is still very little and is just getting used to her new space and the bells! 

We have some important rules to keep her safe including:

  • Always asking permission to touch her
  • Bending down to her level to stroke her
  • Offering the back of the hand for her to smell 

Many thanks to our Principal, Fiona Godfrey, for her support and commitment to this initiative. 

Gretel Burgess, has been a wonderful addition to the counselling team.  Her hands-on-approach, which includes making stress balls and pois during counselling sessions, has been very popular with a number of students. Gretel will also be running a session for staff and potentially parents early in 2021. 

Farewell, Year 12
Last week we celebrated our final formal Year 12 event and said goodbye to the Class of 2020 at their Graduation Ceremony at Llewellyn Hall. 

Year 12, 2020 - Formal at the Arboretum

Our 2021 Prefects participated in two sessions of Leadership Training including sessions on working as a team, creativity, communication, collaboration and relationship building. The energy in the group was infectious. 

Recently we have had some lovely cross-College moments.

• Year 9s did an outstanding job supporting our Year 1 and 2 students at CISAC water-awareness and swimming sessions.

• At the P-2 Athletics carnival, the Year 11 prefects led the House Chants and March Past – simply heart-warming to see the Year 11s proudly flag-bearing and marching with the excited Pre K – year 2 students, all with massive smiles and little legs trooping along.

• Year 10 students were incredibly helpful at the P-2 Athletics carnival – their positivity, energy and enthusiasm were greatly appreciated. Features of the day included around 200 parents were trackside cheering and enjoying being present on site, each student running a race with their class group, culminating in a few parents’ races, a Year 10 helpers race, teacher race (several did cartwheels half way along) - a terrific display of community; novelty events – tug of war, egg and spoon, chook throwing, pool noodle javelin. 

Relaxing in natureThe Wellbeing / culture focus for the whole Junior School includes Pre K – Year 6 gathering together, shaking it up on the oval to sing and dance “Twist and Shout” – celebrating belonging, connection and ensuring that our lasting memories of 2020 are joyful and fun. 

Lifeline Leadership Course
In the spirit of our focus on knowing our students, connection and belonging, we are aiming to continue and strengthen our culture of student mentoring in 2021. Our sixteen Year 12 mentors will participate in the Lifeline Leadership Course. They will then take what they have learnt into their Year 7 Tutor Groups. This course aims to give young people the skills to lead and inspire mental and emotional fitness in schools (not in crisis). The focus is largely on promoting a healthy, inspiring school culture. 

 The course includes: 

  • two leadership days for the student leaders 
  • ongoing momentum sessions – skill building, healthy communication, support and planning
  • sessions for staff in communication and skill building
  • ongoing telephone support for staff 
  • parent information sessions 
  • support for college wide wellbeing events
  • social media, press releases and newsletter templates
  • mentoring with Lifeline Ambassadors (mainly ex Olympians)
  • a session at Year 7 Camp with the student mentors and the Year7s. 

Senior student training sessions Senior student training sessions


The following resources may be helpful if you have any concerns about your young person over the Christmas break.


Keeping Healthy Over the Holidays – for friends and family
How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays – for young people
Small Steps Everyday – 7 tips for a healthy headspace 


Kids Helpline

Coping with Family Holiday Stress – parents
Coping with Family Holiday Stress – teens



Summer Survival Guide



eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends.  

They run group chats for young people, and family and friends. Group chats are led by a headspace professional and explore a range of helpful topics. 

There is a single clinician-led chat this month for family and friends:

Managing Experiences of Parental Guilt (Family and Friends) - Thursday 3 December, 7-8pm AEDT 

 Every week they host the following chats for young people:

·         general coping: every Wednesday at 6–10pm AEDT

·         yarnspace: second Thursdays 6-10pm AEDT

·         supporting others: second Thursdays 6-10pm AEDT

·         navigating relationships: every Monday at 6–10pm AEDT

·         qheadspace: every Tuesday at 6–10pm AEDT

Locally, headspace Canberra will be running a Healthy headspace Skills Workshop targeted around coping during this holiday period. They will also be releasing their schedule for Healthy headspace Skills Workshops for 2021 in the near future. Please keep an eye out on their website or social media pages: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-canberra/ 

Other helpful contact numbers:

  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (telephone and online counselling for ages 5-25)
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Parentline 02 6287 3833 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) (for counselling and support for parents and carers)
  • SANE Australia (people living with a mental illness and their carers) — call 1800 18 7263
  • ReachOut.com (youth mental health service) — visit the website for info or use the online forum

Wishing you and your family a safe and peaceful Christmas break.

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