Student Wellbeing

Students are taught Christian principles of positive peace making, which includes learning: 
  • why 'escape' and 'attack' reactions to conflict or disagreement are not healthy.
  • why 'work it out' is needed so that unhealthy patterns do not continue
  • why 'get help' and 'talk' are not the same as 'gossip'
  • what it means to 'resolve' the issues and 'restore' the relationships.
The following flow chart is used to explain clearly what the effect of choices will be in such situations.

Mid North Christian College employs a Counsellor on a full-time basis with the aim of supporting the spiritual, social and emotional well-being of students.

The role of the Counsellor at the College includes the following:
  • Follow up, where appropriate, the pastoral care of students and their families who have or are currently experiencing crisis situations;
  • Provision of counselling for children in conjunction with teachers;
  • Assist teaching staff with student behaviour management issues through the provision of counselling, behavioural redirection and alternative point of interaction;
  • Be a resource to staff for the Christian Life curriculum;
  • Implement, on request, specific programs throughout the College and its community to address current and topical issues;
  • Systematically present courses in grief and loss to students in the College; and
  • Opportunity to foster and develop the spiritual well-being of students, staff, parents and community;
  • Connect members of the College community to resources/services in the broader community.
Our school Counsellor is funded by the Federal Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). We are grateful for the blessing that such funding provides for the students and families of Mid North Christian College. However, in accepting this funding we must fulfil a number of requirements set by the Australian Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). 

One requirement is that the services provided by the Counsellor remain a voluntary program. Should you wish to discuss the program delivered by our Counsellor, you are welcome to make an appointment with our Principal and/or Counsellor. If you do not want your child to participate in the Program delivered by our Counsellor, then please contact the College. 

Another requirement of the funding is that the school maintains a Risk Management Plan and a complaints handling process that includes a complaints register. Should a complaint be received in regard to the Mid North Christian College Counsellor, then it will be handled in accordance with the school’s Grievance Policy and documented on the NSCSWP Complaints Register. Detailed information with regard to this can be obtained via the office. 

The program delivered by the College Counsellor is reviewed annually by the College Board following feedback received from an annual College community survey. We value any input members of the College community can provide and look forward to receiving all your completed surveys. A copy of the College consultation plan can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Mid North Christian College has a dedicated team of student welfare staff.
Samarn Meach (School Counsellor), Roger Moreton (Deputy Principal Secondary), and Matt Paterson (Principal).

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. 

Any evaluation surveys conducted must ask participants if they are aware of the source of funding for the activity and, if so, how they became aware of the funding source. 

The Funding Recipient must provide to the Australian Government or its agent, if requested, any National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program materials for placement on the Department’s website, or for use in any other Australian Government or Departmental Publication.
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