LWC Journey

Seasons Greetings

From everyone in the Wellbeing Team we would like to wish the Wirreanda community a very Merry Christmas.
We hope that you are surrounded by those you love and have a very safe festive period.
If students need to contact wellbeing support during the school holiday period they can contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.
The Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre Facebook page has been established, you can get in contact with the Wellbeing Team should something arise and they can point you in the right direction.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the dedicated Wellbeing Team for all they do each day to ensure the wellbeing of the students within our community.
Tash Thornton will be moving to a new role at Blackwood HS in 2016. We wish her all the best in her new role. Her incredible ability to engage students , always concentrate on the best needs of students and their families and create opportunities for students are a credit to her , we will miss her.
We thank Peter Norde, Gabrielle Rinaldi and Ralf Pirone for their work in the LWC and genuine compassion, dedication and empathy for students in their role as student counsellor in 2016.
In 2016 we welcome to the wellbeing team – Jamie Maniero as Counsellor in term one and Alison Buse as Inclusive Learning Coordinator.
Have an amazing holiday period.

Teresa Bruno
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Wellbeing Week Five at @WirreandaSS

Term four is a challenging term for all schools for many reasons. Year 12 exams, pending year 10 & 11 Exams, Year 8 & 9 Round Table, completing Semester 2 work, not to mention any personal challenges students and families may be facing.
Our school philosophy encompasses staff being professional mentors and role models for our students. We believe it is critical to ‘practice what we preach’, therefore, our Positive Psychology strategies are also practiced by our staff.
On Tuesday 10/11, we had the privilege of working with Louiza Hebhardt, founder and Director of EQUILIBRIUM. Louiza has worked with many schools addressing PERMA principles for the whole school setting including staff. More information about her work can be viewed on https://louizahebhardt.wordpress.com/

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Kadri Auvaart Louiza Hebhardt Gabrielle Rinaldi

On Tuesday 10/11/15, 9am – 12pm, Wirreanda Secondary School hosted Southern Counsellors Network. Participants are from approximately 20 different school settings. This forum explores professional discussions and Training and Development for School Counsellors. The Counsellors role in schools is increasingly complex and it is critical all the latest and relevant agency support and information is shared. On the agenda this week was Teresa Bruno, (Assistant Principal Learner Wellbeing) who shared how the Learner Wellbeing centre was established with community partnerships. This session highlighted to other schools the difference it has made having a GP and Psychologist on site. Also critical to the operation of LWC is our ongoing partnerships with Tabor College Masters Counselling students ,The Smith Family, Flinders University Masters Social Work placements and Medical and Nursing students placements.

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Karissa Clare from The Smith Family ’Learning For Life’ discussed the process of Scholarship application for students in Partnership Schools. The Smith family provide a tremendous service to families and provide many opportunities for students to be engaged in Homework Clubs, iTrack online mentoring program, Peer Reading Program and financial support for educational needs.

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Niccy Pallant, Counsellor from Hallet Cove demonstrated a Data Entry program being used by some schools in keeping Welllbeing data, which informs the school on how many students Counsellors see, how many male and female students, parent concerns and issues which counsellors deal with. This data is crucial to determine trending issues amongst young people and how schools can respond to issues affecting attendance and engagement.

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ANZAC and REMEMBRANCE DAY have become important days for our young people to observe, as all families can make connections to relatives who have served in conflicts, with many families having friends and relatives who are presently serving in the Australian Defence Forces.
On Wednesday 11/11/15, Wirreanda Secondary School observed Remembrance Day at the Memorial Plaque of Sapper Darren Smith, who attended Wirreanda. He was killed on duty in Afghanistan on 7th June 2010. Many staff and students attended the service, with those new to the school very interested to learn Darrens story and that of his Explosive Detection Dog…Herbie. We are always very proud to honour Darren Smith.

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GP15-Our future in practice.

Our future in practice is the overarching theme of the GP15 conference and explored themes and topics that inspire and encourage medical professionals to consider in their practice, and the impact on patients and communities. Dr Sarah Mahoney from OCEP , Dr Tri Tuyen Cao and I presented at this prestigious conference . The conference was attended by thousands of medical professionals from Australia wide . 

We presented : Adolescent Health: Developing a model for a school-based adolescent Wellbeing centre

 This workshop allowed each of us to present from our own perspectives the experiences in developing a medical practitioner presence in the Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre to illustrate how secondary schools, medical schools and general practitioners can work together to provide preventive care and early intervention for at risk adolescents.

Our aim was to have the following learning outcomes for participants:

1. How might adolescents benefit from a wellbeing centre based in their school?

2. What does a successful model for a school-based wellbeing centre look like?

3. What issues must the GP consider?

4. What issues must the secondary school consider?

5. Why would a medical school be involved in such a project, and what issues must the medical school consider?

6. How can medical schools and medical practitioners address social accountability in a local context?

7. How does increased engagement impact on students learning ?

As a panel we presented on our work at the Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre and the Onkaparinga Clinical Education Program (an urban community-based medical education program at Flinders University) as an illustrative example of creating an adolescent wellbeing centre.

The initiative of the Learner Wellbeing Centre , the first of its kind in Australia , was well received and our efforts to put the wellbeing of the Wirreanda community as one of our key strategic directions was highly respected and applauded .The paper co authored by all of us as well as Tony Lunniss will be published in an upcoming medical journal .

Our Wirreanda sense of community was achieved today, as many approached us after the presentation wanting to replicate our Learner Wellbeing Centre across Australia to further enhance the wellbeing, engagement and learning of students . I was very proud to represent the hard work of the Wellbeing Team and the vision of Wirreanda Secondary School.

Teresa Bruno






Wellbeing essential for student learning

The Wellbeing Team has been going through a self-review process this term, looking at how our wellbeing services impact on the learning of the students at Wirreanda Secondary School.
It is clear that there are many issues in schools related to the wellbeing, welfare, health and pastoral care needs of young people and their families. It is understood that such issues impact upon student learning outcomes and in recent years the range and breadth of issues has increased.
The Wellbeing Team at Wirreanda Secondary School has directed its focus in the last two years in developing a prevention to intervention approach to the promotion of Wellbeing and in addressing issues and concerns related to young people at risk. The aim of the Wellbeing Team and the Learner Wellbeing Centre is to address ethos, create a whole school approach to wellbeing, address curriculum and partnerships to promote wellbeing.
To address disparity in achievement and overall outcomes in achievement, student wellbeing strategies focused along the prevention to intervention spectrum.
Social and emotional learning increases the engagement of subject material, greater interest in learning and motivation to learn, commitment to school and morale in students and staff, and time devoted to schoolwork. It also improves attendance in students and staff, SACE completion rates and prospects for constructive employment, while at the same time reducing suspensions, exclusions and improving retention.
Wirreanda Secondary School supports the interconnectedness of teaching and student learning outcomes, supportive environment, community and service partnerships and student and community wellbeing.
There is much importance in providing a safe and supportive environment conducive to mental health and learning. WSS recognise that school is the organisation of most relevance to young people and a sense of connectedness or belonging to school is essential to enhance student learning outcomes.
The Wellbeing Team has focused on the development of a positive school climate, organisational health, teacher professional learning in wellbeing and effective partnerships with family and community.

Innovations in Education

This week Tony Lunniss and I presented on the Learner Wellbeing Centre at the K-12 Cultural Innovation in Australian Schools in Sydney .
This conference brought together some of the most innovative schools and educators from across Australia to discuss new thinking and insights, to share experience and plans and to consider the pathways for capacity building for the Australian school of the 21st century. In doing this we considered how our schools make the transition while retaining the core values of education. We brainstormed how to integrate a culture of innovation and progressive thinking into practice and service delivery. We shared perspectives, experiences and challenges from public, independent, catholic and international schools.
Please click on the link to follow our presentation :Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing Centre