Counselling & Mental Health Support
Clonard College offers a wide range of support and services to students that complement its whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Clonard counsellors are available to support students in dealing with issues in a sensitive and proactive manner. The counselling team work with Year Level Coordinators, Homeroom Teachers and teaching staff to provide preventative programs (focussing on early intervention, self-awareness and increasing resilience).
We believe that students are better prepared for learning when caring relationships are developed that enhance their sense of belonging, connectedness to school while promoting a safe and supportive learning environment.
At Clonard we have adopted a Whole School Approach to Mental Health and wellbeing that is underpinned by the core Brigidine values that this school is founded on.
A student’s Homeroom Teacher is the first point of contact for students and parents for any issue that is impacting on a student’s learning or wellbeing. An appointment can then be made with one of the Counsellors or support staff who can follow up individually with the student if further support is required.
As part of this approach, Clonard College also recognises that there are many useful services and programs operating in the Geelong community where we regularly refer students and their families for specialised support. Counselling staff and Year Level Coordinators can assist students and their families to access these important services. The pastoral care at Clonard extends to the parents of the College as we aim to work in partnership providing support as your daughter navigates adolescence.
Clonard College is also committed to offering the girls opportunities to engage in preventative programs that develop confidence, resilience and increased knowledge and skills such as: Girls Go Extreme, Seasons, and Docs & Teens. Year 7 -10 students have a dedicated Pastoral Care lesson with their homeroom teacher each week that aims to strengthen positive, healthy and respectful relationships.
Student Wellbeing Team
The Student Wellbeing Team is coordinated by Ms. Kylie Power (Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care) and is made up of school counsellors, a social worker, a mental health care nurse practitioner and independent Psychologists. The team work together to identify and support the needs of the college community. If you require further information please contact Kylie during school hours. At times, including during outside of school hours (i.e., on the weekends or school holidays), your daughter may not be able to make contact with her counsellor at the College.
Support Services within the Community
It is important to know that other services are available to support your daughter if they, or yourself, are concerned about their wellbeing.
Each service includes dedicated professionals who have received training to assist with wellbeing concerns.
The contact details of some services are detailed below:
• Kids Helpline- 24 hour free call: 1800 55 1800 (www.kidshelp.com.au)
• beyondblue- 24 hour/7 days a week: 1300 22 4636 (www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport)
• Lifeline Australia- 24 hour: 13 11 14
• headspace Geelong: 5222 6690 (www.headspace.org.au/geelong)
• Your local GP service or hospital
We encourage you to contact these services if deemed necessary.