Wellbeing at FSC
Wellbeing means more than just “being”. The World Health Organisation definition makes it clear that health is so much more than just not being sick.
Is it important that young people feel connected, protected and free to pursue their path in life, including their education in a formal learning environment, such as Foster Secondary College (FSC).
School is but one part of their life, however a significant part of their week.
In 2020 the key Wellbeing team staff available to FSC students to assist with health and wellbeing needs will be Anna Stefani (Secondary School Nurse), who will work Monday to Wednesday and Nicky Thurlow (Wellbeing Coordinator), who will be working Wednesday to Friday each week.
This ensures a staff member is available every school day to support any health and wellbeing issues arising for students.
Students can schedule time with Anna or Nicky to explore their health needs. Other relevant school personnel and Student Support Services will be included if necessary, to guide the best resolution for the individual. Or external referral may be necessary.
At FSC, the team will encourage and promote the involvement of family and carers so that all the aspects of health can be supported in the young person’s life.
The Wellbeing staff work closely with sub school coordinators (Richard Johnston, Kiarna Smith, Kitt Rotthier, Mark Dows and Shem Hawking) to promote best outcomes for students in relation to attendance, subject selection and engagement and future pathways.
Foster Youth Assist Clinic
The Wellbeing Team and FSC support and coordinate students to attend the Foster Youth Assist Clinic (YAC) each Monday. This is an external service to the school, which is provided via the South Gippsland Hospital.
YAC is located in the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre and is staffed by an Adolescent Health Nurse, General Physician (Doctor), and a visiting Headspace Outreach Youth Worker.
Students can access YAC by securing an appointment time by recess on Mondays (with the School Nurse) that enables them to be time efficient in seeking support for health care needs. The service is entirely confidential, professional and youth centric.
FSC asks that any student under 16 seeks parental permission to leave the school grounds as FSC maintains a duty of care to its school community.
Wellbeing Promotion @FSC
Throughout the school year we run numerous initiatives (both within classes and key speaker presentations) which are designed to enhance health, extend wellbeing and promote connection and sense of place.
The Respectful Relationship initiative is alive at FSC and we continue to everyday promote a culture of respect and gender equality, always. Celebrating culture and running Koori initiatives is another key focus. Cyber safety, first aid, life after school safety and awareness are all areas we endeavor to connect the students with.
We welcome partnerships with local community organisations to support wellbeing at FSC.
We will be developing and promoting healthy and active lunchtime activities, aligning with state and regional guidelines and creating a culture of connection within Foster Secondary College.
We collectively look forward to another year working and supporting young people to have the best health and wellbeing outcomes possible.
Anna Stefani and Nicole Thurlow