The Red Cliffs Secondary College’s Wellbeing program is central to the College's goal of developing resilient, compassionate, successful, citizens. The Wellbeing team works to support and challenge students to explore ways to develop their psychological, social, mental, emotional, spiritual, academic and physical health. If students are happy and healthy, they will have the opportunity to reach their capacity for learning, performance and educational outcomes. The program works to ensure the college environment is respectful and inclusive of all, and celebrates the diverse cultures and backgrounds within the college community so every student feels valued and accepted.

  • The challenges young people are experiencing are diverse, and the Wellbeing program is designed to provide them with the relevant support and care that could be any one of the following:
  • - information that will assist them in making positive choices in their lives
  • - identifying issues that are impacting on them and creating new ways of understanding and managing these issues. This may include developing problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution, restoring harm, de-escalating and self-regulation skills
  • - advocacy, mediation or negotiation with family, friends, peers or teachers
  • - assistance in exploring and developing their strengths, resilience, compassion, self-belief and confidence to manage the ever presenting challenges of life
  • - support for change, loss, grief in their lives
  • - referrals to Student Services or  external agencies

Primary prevention programs:

  • - All junior school students participate each year in a wellbeing day that aims to build their resilience and compassion for others. These include: Managing Change for Year 7s; Alcohol Awareness Day for Year 8s; and Mental Health Day for Year 9s
  • - Senior school students are invited to train as Supportive Friends and Peer Leaders.
  • - The Wellbeing team members are also invited into classes to complement student learnings.
  • Early Intervention programs: small group work
  • - Seasons for Growth - for young people experiencing change, loss and grief.
    - Rock and Water - self-awareness and self-realisation program for students
    - Rage and Managing the Bull - managing anger and bullying programs
    - Mindfulness - managing stress and developing gratitude

  • Student voice and empowerment is created with the senior school network of trained Peer Leaders and Supportive Friends that works to enhance a warm, safe and welcoming culture where young people are heard, respected and valued. These two programs contribute to a healthy and happy community environment at the college with selected leaders facilitating sessions in the junior school Wellbeing Days. The juniors love learning from the seniors.

    The Hugh Williamson Centre conists of: four offices, a waiting area, a wellbeing classroom fitted out with a kitchen and a large Covered decking area. It is next to the doctor's rooms and it provides an environment for students who may need a quiet and safe space at difficult times.
    We are located in the Hugh Williamson Wellbeing Centre which consists of: four offices; waiting area; wellbeing classroom fitted out with fully working kitchen; and a covered decking area.

  • The Wellbeing Team is a team of dedicated professionals who work alongside the Student Management Team:
    - Chris Lawrence (College Chaplain) joined the team in Term 4 2017 and we look forward to discovering his strengths and gifts
    - Julia Lohmeyer (College Nurse) has many years of experience in nursing in a variety of settings and her focus is health promotion
    - Rebekah Milne (College Chaplain) is a family therapist and is a local pastor
    - Barb O'Hara (College Wellbeing Co-ordinator) is a social worker and has worked in Student Services and as the region's Wellbeing and Drug Educator.
    The team also works closely with Student Services' psychologists and social workers and a variety of external agencies to ensure every student gets the support and care they need.  

    Accessing Wellbeing Support
    Students are able to self-refer by attending the Wellbeing Centre but they are encouraged to speak to the Year Level Co-ordinator or Sub School Manager to organise a referral.
    Families are able to contact the Wellbeing Co-ordinator to organise a referral for their child.
    We welcome enquiries from families about the Wellbeing program, and how we can support your daughters and sons to enjoy reaching their optimum wellbeing and their educative potential.

    Apps and Websites

    au.reachout.com youth issues  
    brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au worry/anxiety program  
    The Check-In App supporting a friend  
    The Smiling Mind App mindfulness  
    www.eheadspace.org.au mental health issues  
    www.parentline.vic.gov.au DET  
    www.parentline.com.au linked with kidshelpline  
    www.yodda.org.au youth, drugs and alcohol advice  
    www.youthbeyondblue.com mental health issues  


    Centacare Family Services 5051 0050
    Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS) 5022 3500
    Child and Family Information, Referral and Support Team (ChildFIRST) 1300 625 533
    Child Protection 1800 675 598 or 131 278 (AH)
    Headspace 5021 2400
    KidsHelpLine 1800 551 800
    LifeLine 131 114
    Mallee Domestic Violence 24/7 5021 2130
    Mallee Family Care 502 5966
    Mallee Sexual Assult 5025 5400
    Mental Health Triage and Acute Community Intervention Service 24/7 5022 3500
    Mildura District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) 5018 4100
    Murray Mallee Community Legal Service 1800 243 002
    ParentLine 132 289
    Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
    Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) 5022 1006
    Sunraysia Community Health Services 5022 5444