Melba College is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students. We are a college that sets high expectations for our students and one that strives to create an environment which embraces diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism in the wider community. It is an environment which supports students to feel comfortable, safe and confident in themselves, and to seek support from our wide array of student support services when they need it. The college believes strongly that in order for students to realise their full potential, they need to be happy, healthy and safe. Melba College supports its students to engage with their learning programs fully and acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are inextricably linked.
Our College offers a highly skilled and approachable Wellbeing Team who manage and oversee referrals to other services and agencies, as well as coordinate and run events and programs that support our students’ mental health and wellbeing. The Wellbeing Team includes an Assistant Principal, two Student Wellbeing Coordinators, Chaplain, Social Worker with Therapy dog, an Adolescent Health Nurse and various support workers from the Department of Education Student Support Services. The Wellbeing Team work closely with the Student Engagement Leaders across the school in order to provide a coordinated approach to student support.
We are a ‘Respectful Relationships’ school and integrate individual social responsibilities and inclusivity in to our curriculum delivery. We are a part of the ‘Doctor’s in Schools’ initiative and have a GP and trained nurse on site once a week, in addition to our school First Aid nurse. We have forged positive working relationships with a large range of community partners including Foundation House and Headspace to support our commitment in providing support as required to every single student.
Melba College understands that student wellbeing and achievement is enhanced by connectedness to, pride in and engagement with the school.
We nurture our students through an extensive and integrated student wellbeing and engagement program that:
- promotes the safety and protection of every child
- fosters inclusion
- encourages attendance
- cultivates the understanding and practice of the college values, student code of practice and student behaviour policy
- promotes engagement with learning and participation in all aspects of school life
- meets and caters for individual needs
- develops character strengths
- builds leadership capacity
- builds resilience
- provides health and wellbeing education
- includes access to a range of counselling and allied health services
- seeks and honours student voice.
This facilitates the formation of confident, creative and resilient individuals.