Health and wellbeing is integral to all that we do at Toorak College.
We recognise that for students to achieve their best academically, they must be provided with the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to optimise their personal growth.
Our health and wellbeing initiatives enable students to interact positively with others, to set and achieve positive goals and make responsible decisions, to be able to cope with the challenges presented to them and to enhance their physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions.
In the Junior School, students participate in daily activities that focus on specific aspects of health and wellbeing, from physical activity to practising mindfulness, kindness, empathy and gratitude.
As students gain greater independence and enter Senior School, they track and monitor their own personal growth and development via the Flourishing program, where they set their own health and wellbeing goals and are provided with support and guidance in how they work towards these goals.
Our team of qualified staff and teachers are always there to assist students with particular needs and we work in partnership with parents to provide personalised programs of support. Clear and active communication structures also ensure issues and concerns are addressed in an appropriate and timely manner. The wellbeing of our students is supported by the School’s Psychologist, Nurses, Deputy Head of Senior School - Personal Growth, and teachers.
Our Wellness Centre houses our School Nurses, Psychologist, a communal meeting space and is located close to the Chapel, linking these important services. The Wellness Centre provides a safe space for students to see their physical and mental health and wellbeing as interrelated and provide support to overall health management.
Our qualified Registered Nurses have extensive experience working in schools and are available to attend to student illness, accidents and emergencies during term time.
Our specialist School Psychologist provides individual counselling to assist with issues such as anxiety, stress, motivation, self esteem, social issues, family difficulties, mental health issues, learning problems and grief. Access to counselling is easy and discreet for students and helps them identify problems and develop effective coping mechanisms and strategies to rectify the situation.
Individual Psychology sessions are available to Junior and Senior school students, with parental consent required for our junior students. Discussions with students are confidential. The exception to this is if a student’s health, or someone else’s, is at risk. At times, the School Psychologist may seek to involve parents or ask for information to be shared with teachers or other professionals for the benefit of the student. In these situations, consent for sharing information will be sought from students and parents.
Parents face a multitude of modern day challenges in raising happy, well and resilient young people. Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance. SchoolTV addresses this as an online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies. Current topics focus on Physical Activity and Exercise, Diet and Nutrition, Exam Jitters and Social Media and Digital Reputation.
A free 24/7 anonymous telephone and online counselling service.
Ph: 1800 551 800
A generalist and crisis telephone counselling and referral service.
Ph: 131 114
A youth health service providing information and support.
A service specifically for young people.
Youth Beyond Blue
Where to get help if you have symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Ph: 1300 224 636