THE STUDENT WELLBEING TEAM

Sue Muir is the Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator and is available Monday to Friday to speak to parents and students. Sue organises program development, student counselling and family support and she acts as an advocate for students requiring assistance accessing alternative settings. Sue can also offer support to families in need by assisting with uniform and books.

Luke Mitchell is our student counsellor and is available for one-on-one student counselling at the College each Friday. Luke also works with staff in classes on specialised topics and meets with parents as required. Luke is accompanied by his therapy dog, Mika, who comes to school with him each Friday.  Luke can be contacted at the College via Sue Muir.

Vaughan Losewitz is the College’s Educational Psychologist and attends each Thursday to meet with students regarding educational issues and to conduct Educational Assessments. Vaughan consults with parents and reports to staff on his findings. Vaughan can be contacted at the College via Sue Muir.

Jo McNamara is the College Nurse and is available Monday to Friday during school hours in the General Office. Jo co-ordinates Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy support and the Year 7 CSEF Uniform package.

 

Meet Mika (pronounced Meeka)

Mika was a rescue puppy from Bendigo, given up by a local farmer with his seven brothers and sisters for adoption.  His mother is a Kelpie and his father is a Whippet, and the combination has produced an intelligent, agile, both fast and lazy dog, who is sensitive yet not timid or skittish. 

Mika started at Montmorency Secondary College this year in March, after completing his training and his “International Dog Therapy Test” at K9 Support.  Since then he has been a regular at the College, in every Friday with the welfare team. 

Like all newbies, his first few weeks were exhausting, yet Mika soon got used to secondary school, making new friends, and even has a fan club.  He likes before school meetings with all the school staff and loves visiting the Principal’s office at the end of a day, and Mr Robinson magically finds a tennis ball.

Although he needs regular breaks, he loves seeing the students at recess and lunch time and getting patted by many students at once.  When his uniform comes off at the end of the day he reverts back to being a normal dog, playing tug-of-war, hide and seek and digging up bones or sleeping on his back with his legs high in the air.

He is looking forward to Christmas, where he gets new toys and treats from Santa, and summer is a great time for a swim in the Yarra River and chasing tails. 

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The Student Wellbeing Hub is located at the end of the College Gym, near the top Basketball courts, and consists of two offices and a friendly “chill-out” zone for students to sit in and relax. The Wellbeing Team is here to support all students to ensure all their needs are met during their time at the College. We hope that students and families know that going to a counsellor or psychologist when you are feeling sad or overwhelmed should be as normal as going to a doctor when you have the flu.