Our Mission Our mission is to build a positive culture of learning and teaching across our school community.
SPD TeachersEvery student at Wangaratta High School is placed with a SPD Group and SPD teacher. SPD teachers meet twice weekly with students for the Social and Personal Development Program, and are your child’s first point of contact if they are experiencing any problems. SPD teachers will be able to talk with the student and ascertain if the problem or query needs to be addressed further.
Wellbeing TeamThe School’s Wellbeing Team is available to students from all levels, to offer assistance with any difficulties they may be experiencing. At all times the information of both parents and students is treated confidentially.
Practical information as well as referral to community support and specialists can be provided. Students may contact the Wellbeing Team personally at the Wellbeing Centre or via their Mentor Teacher.
Louisa has a Diploma in Community Welfare and has worked in the welfare field for the last 15 years. Louisa’s training and practice includes Family Violence, Mental Health, ASIST, Risk Assessment, Trauma Informed Practice and Child/Adolescent Development. Louisa is available to support both students and families and can refer to relevant support services within the community. Louisa is able to access schooling needs including uniforms and prescription glasses for families who are experiencing financial hardship.
Amitpal has a Masters in Counselling and a Masters of Psychology and is a registered student counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association. Her specialisation is working with adolescents and she has a lot of experience counselling in school settings. She is available to see students on an individual basis and to assist with referral to outside agencies as needed.
Renee is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with AHPRA and has a background working for nearly 20 years in the Public Mental Health service providing clinical assessment and treatment as well as leadership roles, working with clients of all ages. Qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Nursing ,Psychiatry, and specialist training in Trauma Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Renee is also a facilitator of a range of Mental Health First Aid courses and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
With consent from caregivers, Renee is available to assist students who are presenting with mild to moderate mental health problems and also supports small group and whole of school wellbeing capacity building activities.
Shannon is a qualified Registered Nurse provided to the School by the Department of Human Services. The purpose of the Secondary School Nursing Program is to support health promotion and primary prevention strategies within the school community and to reduce risk-taking behaviours for our students. Shannon is at the school two days a week and is available for individual student and family support.