Our Wellbeing Team
Lalor North Primary School maintains a team of highly dedicated wellbeing staff to support the health and wellbeing of children and families. Our Wellbeing team includes:
- A Disability Inclusion Leader
- Our Assistant Principal as the Wellbeing Whole School Leader
- Specialist Speech Pathologist
- Social Worker/ Counsellor (new to 2023)
- A dedicated First Aid Officer
- Department of Education Student Support Services
- A team of ten Education Support Staff working directly with students in classrooms
Our wellbeing team works to:
- Regularly assess, evaluate and update records of students who are at risk of or have confirmed health and wellbeing issues (such as mental health issues, placement in out-of-home care, homelessness, family violence or malnourishment)
- Support the referral process for students and collect the necessary documentation
- Provide leadership to promote respectful relationships, traffic safety, health promotion, hand hygiene and swimming and water safety
- Provide individualised support for students with chronic or acute health and wellbeing needs to enable them to engage as fully as possible in school life
- Recognise and celebrate healthy lifestyles and choices and promote positive health and wellbeing through prevention and strengths-based approaches
- Promote the impact of positive health and wellbeing on learning
- Reflect on the coherence and continuity of the school’s approach to health and wellbeing
- Ensure health and wellbeing practices are built into the school’s pedagogical model.
- Higher levels of wellbeing are linked to higher academic achievement, school completion, and better overall mental and physical health (Australian Wellbeing Framework).
- Wellbeing interventions focused on belonging and engagement are found to have the greatest impact on student academic achievement (Dix et al., 2020).
- Social and emotional learning programs benefit students’ social skills, self-image, academic achievement and mental health and reduce antisocial behaviour and substance abuse (Evidence for Learning, 2019a).
- Effective health and wellbeing initiatives focus on the quality of intervention programs, which is more important than the frequency or duration (Dilley, 2009).
- School connections to social services which provide additional support for student health and wellbeing also contribute to improving student achievement (Moore et al., 2013).