Deputy News

This past week the College continued its strategic work in delivering a Safe, Inclusive and Diverse culture though Wellbeing focused professional learning workshops. All staff were invited to participate in one workshop, designed to develop their knowledge and compliment their work with young people. The workshops offered were delivered with a Child Safeguarding lens, allowing staff to target a specific area to support our work in supporting student wellbeing and our Child Safeguarding practices.

Workshop one focused on safeguarding students by understanding and managing acting-out behaviour, using a trauma informed approach. This workshop aimed to provide educators with the understanding and classroom practice to assist students with specific additional needs that in turn impact their behaviour within the classroom. Teachers and support staff used the ‘acting-out’ cycle to explore different common scenarios and discuss ways in which student wellbeing and learning can be best supported when this occurs.

Workshop two explored safeguarding everyone in our community through an introduction to restorative practices which focuses on people as the most important aspect of schools. This workshop was delivered by Kristy Elliot, an expert in behaviour and restorative approaches. Staff explored the use of the restorative mindset in practice, neuro-scientific foundations of these approaches and using this process to repair harm in a range of settings.

Workshop three provided staff with information and understanding of ADHD. This included an exploration of ADHD and the different subtypes, understanding emotional regulation and the impact of this on classroom environments and learning. Further to this, the group then explored effective strategies to support students with ADHD.

Workshop four focused on safeguarding students by understanding affirmative consent and how best to teach and approach positive sex education, using a respectful relationships approach. Staff in this workshop used this information to support their teaching in both their Wellbeing classes or their Health classes.

Workshops five and six were delivered by external presenters from Foundation House and Victoria Police. Workshop five upskilled staff in safeguarding and finding best practice in supporting trauma effected refugee students and students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Workshop six provided staff with a stronger understanding in protecting and supporting students in the online environment. This presentation unpacked the legal, social and ethical considerations for technology and focused on the prevention of a young person becoming a victim to any form of online abuse, grooming or sexual extortion. This presentation compliments a similar presentation that will be provided to Waterford students in the coming weeks.

Overall, the staff workshops received positive feedback from both teachers and support staff in supporting the wellbeing of the young people that they work with.

Cassandra Gleeson
Acting Deputy Principal - Wellbeing