A well being is able to make positive contributions to the school and broader community. Arcadia College recognises that wellbeing underpins learning and engagement. Our school promotes a supportive and safe learning environment for all students. We focus on attendance, engagement, learning, social emotional development and provide access to mental health services and youth support. Arcadia College staff regularly engage in wellbeing professional development and wellbeing initiatives. We include social emotional teaching and learning activities and support for all students and, we promote our school as an inclusive and diverse student body. We have zero tolerance for bullying behaviours and foster a community that challenges discrimination and celebrates diversity. We recognise the unique strengths and story of each student and staff member and encourage all to be the best they can be. We aim to create fun, engaging and real world learning experiences. Arcadia College recognises there are many different reasons a young person becomes disengaged from their education and offers a fresh start in a different type of school, where wellbeing matters and positive relationships are emphasized. Our school offers supportive classroom strategies and specific wellbeing support staff to assist students experiencing challenges with their mental health, learning, home life or, any other education barriers to engage with learning.
- Student Wellbeing
- Support Staff
- External Support, Referrals & Resources
- The Arcadia Way
- Social Emotional Learning
- Community Engagement
Wellbeing is a state in which every individual realises their potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work/learn productively and thrive (WHO, 2014).
Wellbeing is a focus of
everyday at Arcadia College.
Wellbeing is a focus of everyday at Arcadia College. There are a variety of support staff that advocate, support and encourage students to engage positively with their learning, peers and community. All staff endeavour to build positive relationships with students as a core component of student engagement. Arcadia College has specifically trained wellbeing staff to support students in the following roles:
- Guidance Officer – education and mental health support
- Psychologist – qualified psychologists on site for counselling and assessment
- Nurse – qualified registered nurse on site to triage illness, mental health or health issues
- Youth Worker – experienced youth support with a focus on attendance, engagement and success for students via community partnerships and enthusiasm
- Wellco – each cohort of students has wellbeing support co-ordinators who support teaching teams to RESET and RE-ENGAGE students in their learning and facilitate wellbeing assistance
Arcadia College maintains positive relationships with community youth and family services. Students and families are sometimes referred to external services or programs to support their needs. Some of those services and programs include:
Headspace provide youth friendly mental health information and counselling.
Call Southport office to make an appointment Ph 07 5509 5900 or, check out eheadspace free online counselling chat service headspace.org.au
Noffs Street University is a youth friendly service providing drug, alcohol and mental health counselling Ph 1800 753 300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The street university provides workshops and activities to engage youth via creative pursuits.
Arcadia College does things differently to traditional mainstream schools to ensure students are prepared for learning and feel safe and supported. This includes:
- Nutritional food served daily to students – breakfast, morning tea and lunch
- Van runs to the station – collection by bus/mini van to and from Varsity Station
- Teachers that aware of student wellbeing – regular engagement and focus by teachers and support staff to learn and develop wellbeing initiatives and refer for early intervention programs
- Adventure Based Learning – outdoor education initiatives that promote confidence, resilience and connection to nature and others
Arcadia College has a variety of community partnerships to enhance learning experiences, community engagement and positive social outcomes.
Youth workers facilitate student opportunities and benefits through Ozharvest, Rosies, the Bleach Festival, Graffiti-Art projects, Queensland Rail and Queensland Fire services. These partnerships benefit students and their families directly, promote community relationships and develop positive altruistic traits in our students. Arcadia College recognises and appreciates these organisations for their partnership and contribution to our school.