Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing at Forest Hill College

Forest Hill College strives to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students. Central to this is the provision of a healthy, supportive and secure environment, and the development of strategies that reduce vulnerabilities, increase coping skills and assist students to become more resilient. Student Wellbeing is viewed as a shared responsibility between school, home and the community.

All teachers share responsibility for student wellbeing, endeavouring to provide successful experiences for all students and a safe, secure and supportive environment where a sense of belonging and wellbeing are strengthened.

The Team

Consisting of a Wellness Leader, Counsellor and Chaplain the, Wellness Team adheres to all DEECD guidelines, working with best practice protocols and FHC policies to ensure our students can achieve at their academic peak.

Marianne McEwen
Marianne McEwen Counselling and Wellness Leader
Ben Stephenson
Ben Stephenson Chaplain

Role of Chaplain within the school

Chaplaincy at Forest Hill College is jointly funded by the Federal NSSWCP, Crossway Baptist Church and the College. The Chaplain’s responsibilities emphasise impartiality and the provision of secular based pastoral care, advocacy and positive role modelling for College students. At all times, integrity and maturity is reflective of this position. Participation in this service is voluntary.

There are frequent, informal and formal opportunities for students, families and staff to provide feedback regarding the Chaplaincy service. Feedback can be provided directly to the Chaplain or alternatively to the Wellness Leader or to a member of the College Principal Team.

Child Safe Standards

Forest Hill College is totally committed to implementing the Victorian Government’s recommended Child Safe Standards. Our school has comprehensive strategies in place and has an embedded a culture of Child Safety in our school.  Our Principal David Rogers, Assistant Principals Nicky Buckingham and Chris Grant and staff, are responsible for managing and achieving strategies around maintaining our culture of Child Safety.  Our school community recognises the importance of, and has a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of its students and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.

Please access our Statement of Commitment and all our Child Safe policy on this website.  In addition the school has more detailed, documented strategies/procedures for responding to suspected child abuse and for responding to other concerns about the wellbeing of a child.  We note that fulfilling the roles and responsibilities contained in our strategies and procedures does not displace or discharge any other obligations that arise if a person reasonably believes that a child is at risk of child abuse.