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  • Online Seminars
  • 21-24 March - Two Online Seminars Every Evening From 6:00pm
SJC Wellbeing Expo Week

We welcome all members of our College and local community to join us online from 21-24 March for our Wellbeing Expo Week. Over four days we will have a series of eight free online seminars to attend. 

Join the sessions from Lifechanger, Elevate Education, Wellio, Sharon Torpey, Martin Heppell, The Men's Project, SJC Wellness Team & Karen Shum. 

Many of these presenters join our students in the classroom and have strategies not just for young students but also for parents and carers navigating their children through their teenage years. 

Read more about each session and find the links to join in below: 

Wellbeing Expo Week

What is Wellbeing Expo Week all about? Hear more about the week from Mark Kennedy, Deputy Principal - Wellbeing.

Monday 21 March Sessions

6:00pm - Lifechanger Info Session

Lifechanger Foundation

Throughout 2022, Lifechanger will be delivering our full Youth Program at St Josephs' with the Year 8 cohort with Mt Sion (Yr 10-12) students participating as mentors. LifeChanger is a preventative mental health and wellbeing non-profit organisation that empowers young people to live empowered, resilient, thriving lives. The LifeChanger programs centre on the Five Pillars of Health, Skills, Self, Purpose and Tribe to build self-esteem, self-awareness, positive self-identity and resilience.

Our focus is on building the positive in the inner dialogue that really shapes how we view ourselves and the world around us. We aim to empower young people by assuring them that they cannot always be responsible for everything that happens to them in their lives, and they may not be able to control outcomes, but they ARE responsible for the self-defeating thinking patterns that undesirable events can create.

This session is particularly important for Year 8 parents and carers to attend, but all year levels will benefit from this presentation.

Meeting ID: 881 0704 4700 

Passcode: 039504


7:00pm - Study Skills, Time Management & Motivation

Elevate Education 

Elevate Education is Australia’s largest study skills provider and have been working closely with St Joseph’s College since 2016 - delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their parent seminar, you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school. The seminar will discuss some of research conducted by Elevate and contains takeaways that can be used to help support your children from Year 7 all the way through to Year 12. The session will also contain a live Q&A section, where you can ask one of Elevate’s top presenters any questions that you may have.

Meeting ID: 847 3872 5731

Passcode: 105563


Tuesday 22 March Sessions

6:00pm - Phone Addiction & Social Media


We know that the COVID lockdowns have had a significant impact on the way young people use their screens to access information and have contact with each other. And increased screen time has resulted in spiked increased risk-taking behaviours. As a parent, it's hard to know how to help, especially when you may be struggling with screen time yourself! In this webinar, we unpack how technology affects our wellbeing and give you research-backed strategies that will assist you and your children in your decision making around internet and social-media usage.

Wellio will be presenting to Year 8 students in semester 2, and their presentation will be complemented by a suite of lessons and presentation by Victoria Police. We encourage parents and carers from Year 7- 12 to join this session.


7:00pm - The Drug Education Project

Drug Education Australia - Sharon Torpey

Sharon Torpey is the Founder and Director of Drug Education Australia a leading provider of high-quality, factual drug education.

Year 9 students at SJC participate in the Drug Education Project where the objective is to build young people’s capacity to make safer, healthier decisions while they enjoy growing independence. Parents and carers are a key component to achieving this objective as research shows that young people who remain connected to their families and communities are less likely to experience problems with drugs.

This presentation will provide:

· current information about drug use in this age group.

· up to date information about specific drugs that are more common for this age group including alcohol, vaping, and cannabis.

· information about the teenage brain and how this influences their decision making, risk-taking, and connection with parents/carers.

· helpful tips and strategies to help parents and carers to support their young people with their safer, healthier decisions.

· time to answer your questions.

Never underestimate the impact you as a parent or carer can have on your child’s decision-making. Research shows that parent/carer disapproval is the number 1 reason teenagers don’t experiment with alcohol and other drugs. By working as a team parent, school, and community we can empower our young people to make safer and healthier decisions

“Knowledge gives young people the power to make informed decisions.”


Wednesday 23 March Sessions

6:30pm - The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project - Martin Heppell

Our Year 7 and 8 students are exposed to the Resilience Project in their Wellbeing classes. This Connected Parenting Workshop compliments the program as it offers a valuable set of tools for people aiming to raise children through positive connections and communication. Facilitated by educator and parenting expert Martin Heppell, this workshop provides parents and carers with:

  • Practical strategies to build stronger connections with children
  • Ideas to support children when they are frustrated or going through challenging situations
  • Simple ways to create cooperation
  • Dealing with our own triggers as a parent or carer

The focus of The Resilience Project centres around our ability to appreciate what we have in our world and in our day – Gratitude; we work towards a greater understanding of the people around us and greater acceptance of others – Empathy; and we control our own being, quietening the mind to appreciate the moment – Mindfulness.

GEM. Building resilience and finding the happiness.


Upon registration, registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar, along with a reminder the day prior. Please note that the webinar will include parents from our Partnership Schools.

7:00pm - Men's Project

The Men's Project - Jesuit Social Services

The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services will present an online session to St Joseph’s parents on specific societal pressures on boys and men and the impact these are having on wellbeing and our communities.

Our program delivered to Year 9 during Term 2 aims to increase understanding of the influence of gender norms and how we can reduce adherence to harmful behavior often associated with stereotypical masculinity.

The session will encourage conversations amongst the wider school community around healthier identities, respectful relationships and how we can all work together to improve the wellbeing of young people. We look forward to sharing practical and useful information for you to incorporate into your lives as parents.


Thursday 24 March Sessions

6:00pm - Mental Health & Supporting Our Young People

SJC College Clinicians

This parent mental health education session will be presented by the SJC Wellness team clinicians. The College clinicians will present information about the mental health continuum and practical strategies parents can use to approach conversations with their young person about what is going well in their life. How to identify and talk about any changes in your young persons’ behaviour that may indicate they are needing support will also be included. The team will provide information about their role within the College, and the ways in which they support students and their families.


7:00pm - SJC Careers Conversation

SJC Careers Journey - Karen Shum

How does your child respond the conversations about careers? Do they have a plan for what they want to do in their journey through school, and beyond? As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in helping your child to make educational and career decisions. As they grow older, you play an even greater part in guiding their career development and fostering their optimism, enthusiasm and energy and curiosity. Would you like to learn more about the careers program at SJC, and where to find resources that can help you to support your son in this endeavour?

SJC Careers Coordinator, Karen Shum, will introduce parents and caregivers to the online career space at SJC, the Career Action Planning tool (used in all Year levels), and the resources available to you, to support your son. It will also introduce the Morrisby Profile used in the senior years. SJC families from Yr 7-12 are encouraged to join.

Meeting ID: 833 8617 5223

Passcode: T0wUgN