Our Wellbeing Team

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.

Research evidence:

  • 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).