Student Wellbeing

Mount Alexander College considers the wellbeing of the students to be an essential part of their learning. The primary goal of our dedicated Student Wellbeing and Student Engagement Teams are to ensure students feel safe, engaged and connected at school. The teams are coordinated by the Leading Teaching Student Engagement.

There is an Expectations Matrix which outlines appropriate behaviours and responsibilities for all students. The school uses a Positive Behaviours Program in all classes.

Students meet with their Mentor Teacher each morning for ten minutes. Parents and students should initially contact their Mentor Teacher or Head of House with any concerns.

Respectful Relationships

In 2018, the school introduced the Respectful Relationships program for all students. The program learning materials were designed for teachers in primary and secondary schools to develop students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills. Efforts to promote social and emotional skills in young people have been shown to improve health related outcomes and subjective wellbeing and reduce antisocial behaviours. The program also included Health Education sessions with the School Nurse, Jane Altermatt. 

The Respectful Relationships program includes eight topics on social and emotional learning:

  1. Emotional Literacy
  2. Personal Strengths
  3. Positive Coping
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Stress Management/Safer Socialising
  6. Help Seeking/Peer Support
  7. Gender and Identity
  8. Positive Gender Relations

Respectful Relationships is timetabled each Tuesday Period 3 and replaces Clubs and Societies. The only exception is two Whole School Assemblies each term during this session.

Students will be taught in year-level groups by teams of teachers and coordinated by Heads of House and senior staff.

Student Support Program

Mount Alexander College has a well-established program that supports students with additional learning needs. This is coordinated by the Student Wellbeing Coordinator.


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Expectations Matrix


 

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Student Wellbeing Team

Leading Teaching Student Engagement: Lynn Bentley
Student Wellbeing Coordinator: Carmel Nielsen
Leading Teacher Student Empowerment: Kate Stevanovic
Community Education Nurse: Michelle Hynson
Careers & Pathways: Alison Lovett
Youth Worker: Clark Mitchell
Community Liaison Worker: Halima Malikh
Community Youth Workers: Fahima Mohamud
GP In School: TBA
Practice Nurse: Carole Preston

Student Engagement Team

Leading Teaching Student Engagement: Lynn Bentley
Heads of House:

Artemis: Stephanie Balaburov
Poseidon: Sophie Dalabiras
Apollo: Konrad Sosnowski
Athena: Ben Huynh-Diep

School Attendance Officer: Frances D’Andrea
Student Wellbeing Coordinator: Carmel Nielsen
Senior School Academic Advisor: Michael Buckingham
Junior School Transition & Programs Coordinator: Claire Runci