Wellbeing & Support

Student Wellbeing

We are committed to a school climate of genuine positive wellbeing for all, as we know that we achieve better results when we feel welcomed, supported, safe and cared about.

At Footscray High School, we believe that students and staff will teach and learn in a safe and positive environment. We also believe that student wellbeing and learning are deeply interwoven and that student wellbeing is the responsibility of all members of our school community.

At Footscray High School, we offer a positive, safe and supportive school environment so that each child can reach her or his personal best.  We take a whole school approach to wellbeing with our Positive Behaviours protocols and expectations.  Our approach is preventative and proactive, through our culture, our commitment to unconditional positive regard and the programs that are embedded in our curriculum.

There are also times when we need to provide high-level support for students with complex needs. This support is led by our Student Engagement Leader and our learning support team, supported by our connections to relevant external agencies and services nearby.

We are a proudly inclusive school. We are committed to supporting the diverse needs, thoughts and experiences of the young people in our care.

Mindfulness practices help build individual mental health and wellbeing through positive, pre-emptive tools and activities. Scientific research has proven that mindfulness meditation:

  • Assists with the management of pain and stress
  • Helps build resilience and compassion
  • Improves focus at work and in the classroom
  • Helps with creativity and collaboration

Footscray High School has developed, a Healthy Body, Healthy Mind program as part of our school culture.

School TV

The above link is a wellbeing platform for schools supporting parents

SchoolTV is a world first, wellbeing platform featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. It addresses the modern day realities faced by schools and parents who increasingly need clear, relevant and fact-based information around raising safe, happy and resilient young people.

Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance. SchoolTV addresses this issue. It is an online resource designed to empower parents with credible, sound information with realistic and practical strategies.

SchoolTV is a school branded resource that is available through subscribed schools thus allowing parents to access information on individual topics.

External Support Services

In this time of uncertainty students and staff may want to access the following support services on weekends, school holidays and outside normal school hours. These services are available online and you can also speak directly to a support person via the telephone.

Headspace: 

Telephone and webchat is open from 9am until 1am every day;
contact 1800 650 890 or 

eheadspace.org.au 

Lifeline:

Webchat is available during 7pm – 12pm everyday or call 13 11 14 to speak to somebody directly. Available 24/7

www.lifeline.org.au

Action Centre

03 9257 0100 Monday to friday, 9am – 5pm.

www.fpv.org.au

Kids Helpline:

1800 55 1800
https://kidshelpline.com.au/get-help/webchat-counselling

Housing Support – Unison:

We are here to help and are available on the phone from 9am to 5pm, weekdays. Note that we are not available on weekends and public holidays. For assistance outside of these hours, please call the St Kilda Crisis Centre on 1800 627 727 (free call).

www.unison.org.au

Frontyard (Melbourne City Mission):

If you require urgent housing assistance, there are 2 supports available.
For under 25s, please contact Frontyard on 03 9977 0077 or free call 1800 800 531. 

Adults and families, contact 1800 825 955 to get a referral.

https://www.mcm.org.au/urgent-assistance

ReachOut

www.au.reachout.com

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

The crisis line operates from 5 pm on weeknights to 9 am the next day, and during the same hours on weekends and public holidays. 1800 806 292

www.sacl.com.au

Association for Children with a Disability

A parent resources for students with special needs.

www.acd.org.au

SPELD Victoria

Learning disabilities, assessments, information, program and advocacy.

www.speldvic.org.au

FHS Wellbeing Contacts

Students and Families can contact our wellbeing team via compass

Irene Alexandrou – Leading teacher – Student Wellbeing and Special Needs – Kinnear St
Sarah de Barros – Student Wellbeing and Special Needs Coordinator – Barkly St
Anne Langdon – Special Needs Coordinator – Kinnear St