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Wellbeing at WGC

Important School Contacts

The Deans provide pastoral support to students and whānau, to ensure that young people at WGC get the support they need. Deans are classroom teachers who have responsibility for a cohort of students. Deans focus on student wellbeing: they help students manage social issues; offer academic guidance; and support students to build resilience. Deans liase with teachers, external agencies and guidance staff where appropriate. Each Dean is supported by a Deputy Principal.

2020 Deans

Our Guidance Counsellors are:

Ms Karen Swain
Karen is our Head Of Guidance. She has a wealth of guidance experience and works
alongside our other counsellors, deans and nurses to provide a comprehensive guidance service for you.
In school 3 days a week. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Email karen.swain@wgc.school.nz for an appointment

Ms Pat Hay
Registered art therapist with a background in education, psychology and visual art
In school 2 days a week: Wednesday & Thursday

Email pat.hay@wgc.school.nz or call 04 4946123 for an appointment

Ms Sally Kendall
Counselling/ therapy training working with adolescents and using the arts
In school 4 days a week: Tuesday to Friday

Email sally.kendall@wgc.school.nz or call 0274997306 for an appointment

Where Guidance Counselling can help:
· If you are having problems and you want to talk to someone
· If you are struggling and you don’t know why
· If you feel consistently hopeless
· If you feel you are being bullied
· If you want help with friendships or relationships that aren’t going well
· If school is getting too hard and you feel you are not coping
· If you want someone to speak on your behalf
· If you have been out of school for any reason and need help settling back in

Some of those solutions might be:
· Together finding out what is troubling you then finding what solutions can help
· Together, if necessary, finding out who else to talk to who can support you
· Understanding and finding ways of healing from past hurt and sadness
· Understanding and adapting to grief and loss – yours and others
· Finding better ways of managing relationships
· Understanding and better managing stress, depression and anxiety
· Developing practical strategies to make school easier
· Supporting wellness

You can expect your Guidance Counsellor to:
· Listen to you carefully and sensitively
· Respect you and your whānau
· Support you in making the changes you choose to make
· Help decide when to include parents/caregivers
· Respect your confidentiality (with the exception of you or others being at serious risk of harm)

The Guidance Counsellors are not medical professionals, so are unable to diagnose or prescribe. They are specialised education professionals.

Our Nurse is Kim Fraser.

Kim works Monday to Friday 9.00am until 3.00pm during term time. Kim has many years of experience as a practice nurse, in hospitals and in operating theatres.

She can be found in the Wellbeing Centre which is in the prefabs closest to Murphy St (R07).

The clinic will have an open door policy at lunchtime and appointments can be booked via the Care Bookings system or email nurse@wgc.school.nz.

Kim is happy to see students for their wide ranging health needs. If further assessment is required then students are advised to make a G.P appointment with their usual Doctor.

What students talk about is confidential unless student safety, or the safety of others is at risk or they wish to share information.

We have a small team of Year 12 students trained in peer mediation. This service is aimed at supporting Year 9 & 10 students who are experiencing friendship issues. The mediation service is supervised by a Deputy Principal and counsellor.

To make an appointment email anna.simonsen@wgc.school.nz

Our PHYSIO is Kirsten Davie

· Sprained ankle? back pain? sore knees? painful shoulder? Kirsten works on site to ensure you can recover from injury
· Clinic times are Monday and Thursday, school hours
· Bookings are made at the Student Office
· Assessment is free of charge
· For follow-up appointments – payments are outlined in information sent home

Our youth worker is Saida Albaddai

· Works for the Youth Services in the Wellington region, offering additional support for young people ages 16-17 (until they turn 18)
· Saida can help by drawing up plans with students which involve what they are doing in the future.
· Contact Saida at saida.ALBaddai004@msd.govt.nz for an appointment
· Saida is at school every Tuesday afternoon.

As part of Wellington Girls’ College Wellness focus, this page has been established to support our students, staff and parents. It is a work in progress and we will continue to add useful links and resources.

Introduction

We all know that you can’t concentrate on work if you aren’t well. That applies to students as well as adults.
In recent years we have seen an increase in medical conditions which are impacting on student wellness. The most significant of these are in the area of mental health – something most teachers have little knowledge of and no training in. We know that one student with a serious illness will have an impact on many other people – her family, friends, her classmates, her teachers and other people on the periphery who may not know her but may have been through something similar in their lives.
Over the course of 2013-14 we gathered information from parents and girls about the causes of the stress that was being seen at school and also their ideas about how we could address it. We have made several changes as a result of this information.
This site is one of those changes. You asked for resources and articles to help you understand and learn about wellness issues. We have started collecting. We take no responsibility for the information contained in them – we believe they are sound and we know they have been used in other educational settings, but if you have specific concerns we’d always recommend that you consult your GP or another health professional.

Julia Davidson
Principal

Transition Back to School After Lockdown

During the COVID-19 students sent in questions about wellbeing during lockdown. Our counsellors and nurse have answered these. You can watch the full discussion video or dip into the areas that interest you. Please note that information and advice about anxiety runs through all the topics.

You can contact our guidance counsellors, nurses and deans by using the details at the top of this page.

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Resources

Although our young people are skilled at accessing online information, we know there is a lot out there on COVID-19 to make sense of. You may find these resources helpful.

Netsafe Advice to Parents on navigating increased social media issues
Netsafe Advice to Parents on navigating increased social media issues
Coping with Coronavirus
Regulating through Coronavirus anxiety
Regulating through Coronavirus anxiety

Dealing With Anxiety Resources

RNZ - Worrying Times
RNZ - Worrying Times
Anxious teens need to face their fears
How to help teens deal with anxiety
How to help teens deal with anxiety
Grounding Techniques
Grounding Techniques
Zentangles
Zentangles

Wellbeing for Students

The journey between childhood and becoming an adult isn’t always easy. There are lots of new things to think about and make choices around. Sometimes talking to your friends is not always helpful because they may not have experienced or found answers to these issues themselves. Here are some useful resources to help you navigate some of the of the major areas that you and your friends may experience.

PDF Resources

Cybersafe Wellness Day
Cybersafe Wellness Day
Young peoples’ rights on Instagram
Young peoples’ rights on Instagram
Young peoples’ rights on Facebook
Young peoples’ rights on Facebook

External Website Resources

Netsafe is New Zealand’s independent, non-profit online safety organisation. They provide online safety help, support, expertise and education to people in New Zealand
Netsafe is New Zealand’s independent, non-profit online safety organisation. They provide online safety help, support, expertise and education to people in New Zealand

Alcohol
Alcohol is a drug that slows down the brain and nervous system. It is the most widely used drug in New Zealand. The effect of alcohol varies greatly from person to person. It is illegal to buy alcohol if you are under 18 years of age and it is also illegal to supply alcohol to anyone who is under 18. It is important that you know your legal position and the responsibilities that go with that.
Illegal Drugs
Illegal drugs include such things as marijuana, magic mushrooms, LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Possession of any of these drugs is against the law and carries at penalty that may include imprisonment.
Tobacco
In New Zealand it is illegal for any under 18 to purchase tobacco. It is also illegal to smoke tobacco under the age of 16. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug contained in all tobacco products. Nicotine affects the chemistry of the brain, regulating thinking and feelings. Early use of tobacco can predispose adolescents to depression which can lead to other drug use. Here are some useful links.

PDF Resources

Alcohol Quick Facts
Alcohol Quick Facts
Commonly abused drugs and their effects
Commonly abused drugs and their effects

External Website Resources

The Alcohol Drug Helpline provides friendly, non-judgmental, professional help and advice.
The Alcohol Drug Helpline provides friendly, non-judgmental, professional help and advice.
Thinking about your drug use can help you decide whether it's time to make a change.
Thinking about your drug use can help you decide whether it's time to make a change.
Friendly, confidential drugs advice - The highs, the lows and everything inbetween
Friendly, confidential drugs advice - The highs, the lows and everything inbetween
Teen Corner - A place just for teens affected by someone else’s alcoholism.
Teen Corner - A place just for teens affected by someone else’s alcoholism.
What is Mental Health
Tips for a healthy headspace.
Teenage Sleep
Technology & Sleep
Move Past Anxiety
Reducing Stress
Spring Clean Your Life
Panic Attacks
Self Help Strategies
OCD Information
Genderbread Person
Gender Identity

Dealing With Trauma Resources

Below are a number of really useful resources that may help whānau support each other

A safe place for you to talk about anything at all
How do I best Support my People
How to talk to your kids about trauma
Supporting Children & Young People
Helping Children Deal With Trauma

Wellbeing for Parents

Below are a number of useful and informative resources and websites to support parents, whānau and their families.

PDF Resources

This book has been put together to offer parents of adolescents some useful strategies
and helpful information to guide them through the secondary years
This book has been put together to offer parents of adolescents some useful strategies and helpful information to guide them through the secondary years
Many parents are pushing their kids to be extraordinary, but kids need to know it's okay to be average,
Many parents are pushing their kids to be extraordinary, but kids need to know it's okay to be average,

External Website Resources

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the important role parents can play in preventing adolescent substance use, and introduce a new online parenting program.
This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the important role parents can play in preventing adolescent substance use, and introduce a new online parenting program.
Being a parent or caregiver in the digital age can be challenging. Here you will find tools and advice to help you 'keep it real online' with your children and young people.
Being a parent or caregiver in the digital age can be challenging. Here you will find tools and advice to help you 'keep it real online' with your children and young people.

Wellbeing for Staff

Below are a number of useful and informative resources and websites which should assist you on your wellness journey.

PDF Resources

External Website Resources

Happiness and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor talked about his research of (mostly unhappy) Harvard students.
Happiness and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor talked about his research of (mostly unhappy) Harvard students.
EAP Services Limited Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) provides professional strategies and interventions for personal and workplace support.
EAP Services Limited Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) provides professional strategies and interventions for personal and workplace support.
PPTA is the professional association representing teachers and principals in secondary and area schools, and teachers in intermediates, technicraft centres, and community education
PPTA is the professional association representing teachers and principals in secondary and area schools, and teachers in intermediates, technicraft centres, and community education

PDF Resources

Anouk Kelling examines the role that leaders play in increasing organisational wellbeing.
Anouk Kelling examines the role that leaders play in increasing organisational wellbeing.
Can we be highly productive at work without sacrificing our health and well-being?
Can we be highly productive at work without sacrificing our health and well-being?

External Website Resources