Month: March 2017

Take a Stand

On Friday the 17th of  March 2017, Wirreanda Secondary School conducted a whole day of focus and awareness around resilience, respectful relationships, conflict resolution strategies and mindfulness, to help ‘ take a stand together’ and support BULLY NO WAY!

This included;

Morning sessions:

Teachers booked their classes into morning sessions with key guests including , focus leaders and student leaders who have made areas of resilience, respectful relationships, mindfulness and conflict resolution.

Mid afternoon session:

A mid-afternoon to lunchtime walkthrough information session, in which students completed a ‘resilience walk’, through various community groups and service providers gathering key information, justifying their emotional responses, expressing their opinions, beliefs, questions and choices, in order to build and modify safety strategies.

Lunchtime Event

A lunchtime school community event, showcasing our school’s commitment and awareness of BULLY NO WAY, with school bands performing songs of hope and encouragement, food and more information displays and workshops.

And finally two afternoon sessions:

One with a key guest speaker discussing their own battle with life setbacks, how to evaluate/rethink and refine life after unexpected or difficult situations and self-discipline strategies and personal experiences.

And the other with Helen Sleeman our Wellbeing Officer and Nick Jackson discussing Digital Citizenship with our learners parents .

This in turn further supported our safe school policy, strategy and programs in which;

All members of Wirreanda Secondary school have the right to be included and have respect from others, the right to learn or to be taught, and a right to feel safe and secure in their school environment.

Acknowledges that Wirreanda Secondary School is a White Ribbon and Safe School Coalition site and promotes respectful relationships amongst all members of the community.

The Wellbeing Team



New Staff in the LWC in 2017


In 2017 we welcome placement students from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Flinders University Social Work and the Flinders Medical school. Each placement at Wirreanda is aimed to assist in building resilience and positive relationships for our students.

Eliza Farrell joins us from re-engage as our new Youth Worker, her focus in 2017 will be around running the breakfast club on Wednesdays,assisting local families and need, lunchtime programs and case management of students.

Hi all, I am really happy to be given the opportunity to fulfill my counselling placement at Wirreanda Secondary School.  I come from an Italian background and I am the proud mother of three beautiful children, one precious granddaughter and a 14-year-old pet dog called Molly.I have chosen the counselling pathway in recent years, as I know I have the passion and determination to support young people with respect, understanding and integrity. My dedication to supporting people at risk extends to my service in volunteering for lifeline. I am able to develop the use of self-awareness and mindfulness through the tools of meditation and visualization.I look forward to working with the teachers, parents, the community and students.Thank you for making me feel welcomed.  I would love to make myself accessible to provide the students with my counselling skills and my nurturing manner. Looking forward to working with you all.


Hi my name is Bec & I will be working here at Wirreanda as a student Placement counsellor for the next 6 months. I am a mother to two young children & a small business owner. I am passionate about working with young people & I really look forward to working alongside some of the students here to help set & achieve your future goals. Thank you for making me feel so welcome!

My name is Eliza Farrell, I am the new Youth Worker at school, I’m around the place on Mondays and Wednesday, you can find me in the Wellbeing Hub. My hobbies include spending time at the beach with my family and friends and attending music festivals. My motto in life is to make the most of every day.Im keen to get to know you all and learn your likes and interests.Feel free to come in and say hello and share your ideas with me.


Hello my name is Helen Sleeman, I am a Social Worker who will be spending some time at Wirreanda Secondary School working in the role of Child Wellbeing Practitioner. I will be working across four schools in the southern region. My role is to offer support to families who may be facing some challenges and to link them to suitable services within their community. The Child Wellbeing Program is run by the Education Department and has been created as an extra resource to work with schools and families, to offer support and assistance in an early intervention approach where a young person’s wellbeing may be of concern. The school leadership team is a good place to start if you would like to know more about my role. I look forward to continuing to work as a supportive part of the school community.

We warmly welcome all new staff and student placements at Wirreanda.