Learning Partners 

Each Campus currently has a team of people dedicated to the support of our community wellbeing.

The lead in wellbeing teams at the Campus is called a Learning Partner (LP) at Northern Bay College.

This title is important because their work may be in welfare or behaviour, but the focus of all our work has to be learning. Sometimes there are factors which get in the way of learning and that is when the Learning Partner provides support, links or advice.

Working alongside the LP, each campus also has a learning worker.

Northern Bay College also has access to services from the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) who may be able to come in and offer professional advice to students, school and families. At times of emergency and trauma there is also support provided by DEECD.

Many other organisation and agencies work with Northern Bay to increase community resources. Our suburbs are generally classified as ‘Disadvantaged” but it is our hope to change this terminology to under resourced communities or communities in need of additional resources.

The Learning Partners in the Campus can discuss with families a wide range of support that may be on offer for wellbeing issues, programs, skilling and information.

Goldsworthy  LP    Hendy  LP       Peacock LP     Tallis LP              Wexford LP

Megan Whitehead       Elyse Morgan      Julia Western          Jarrah Cameron        Chris King

 

 The Learning Partner Team can be contacted via College email: northern.bay.p12@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

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In my role as Learning Partner I am fortunate enough to lead the Student Wellbeing Team at our Wexford Campus. Our team consists of our full-time wellbeing worker Julie Heard and our chaplain John Richardson, who is co-located at Wexford from Kardinia Church. John works two days per week.

We provide services to support children, young people and families throughout their education and in the event of challenges in life. These services include counselling, health related information, peer support programs, groups and health specific advice and referrals.

We believe that “it takes a community to raise a child” and we would like to think that we strengthen our community by providing information and support when needed. We acknowledge that our parents/carers a best placed to help their children through the lumps and bumps in life. They play a very important part in working with us to build the confidence and resilience of their children.

As a Learning Partner I enjoy a college-wide role and lead wellbeing programs. Some examples of these programs are on our website. The HeadsUp Ambassador Program has been implemented across our junior campuses. We currently have twenty-two Year 5 students at our campus who provide peer support, on a rotating basis during lunch times and recess. out in the playground. We also recognize that regular guided meditation in our classrooms has been well known to improve our students’ “readiness to learn”. See our Smiling Minds links under Programs on our website for further information.

As the Learning Partner I also coordinate other services  with Department of Education and Early Childhood Training staff such as speech pathologists, psychologists and social workers. Nirodah provide a psychologist to our campus under the Mental Health Program and are co-located at our campus for one to two days per week.  http://nirodah.com/schools.

Access to these services are through a referral process via the Wellbeing Team. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at the Campus if you need any further information or assistance.

 

Chris King

Learning Partner

Wexford Campus