Run by our Year 11 VM students the VMCafé & Breakfast Club is open for service.
Where – Located in the Café area near the Canteen
Breakfast Club – Every Tuesday and Thursday morning before school
Breakfast Club Free Menu – Spaghetti or Baked Bean Toasties, Vegemite or Honey Toast, & Muesli or Fruit Salad bowls
VMCafé – Open Tuesday & Thursday before school and Recess
VMCafé Menu – Coffee and Hot Chocolates $3 ($3.50 for Almond, Oat or Soy milk)
First Aid, Accidents, and Illnesses
First-Aid is located in the Administration Building and is to be accessed by students with genuine matters. All students will be asked for a written pass issued by their classroom teacher for staff to verify. Students will be logged into First Aid via Compass creating an Attendance Note notifying parents and staff of the student’s location and duration of their visit.
If a student is unwell, they are encouraged to stay home, and an Attendance Note needs to be made via Compass. A medical certificate can be uploaded by the ‘+ Attachment’ button or submitted to staff on their return to school.
The first aider assisting your student will make contact via telephone where necessary, asking for student collection, or advice, on a case-by-case basis. This may be to clarify the medical information that was provided from the enrolment paperwork.
First-aid does not keep or distribute any medication without written instruction from a General Practitioner in the form of a letter or Medical Action Plan; as well as a parent/guardian signed ‘Request to Administer Medication Form.’ In more severe circumstances, a Communication Plan may be developed between your family and the First Aid Officer.
In the case of a medical emergency, staff will contact families and call 000 for an Ambulance, following the medical instructions of Ambulance Victoria. As per duty of care, the attending First-Aider will accompany your student until handover has been established with families.
Meet the Team
Koo Wee Rup Secondary College has a diverse well-resourced Wellbeing Team, which includes a Wellbeing Leader, Trauma Therapist, Youth Worker, Mental Health Practitioner, Inclusion Coordinator, First-Aid Officer and Secondary School Nurse.
The college Wellbeing Team is a safe place where many young people can approach our team for support. An important role of our Wellbeing Team is also to identify a student’s needs and to make the appropriate referrals or ask for specialist advice.
Wellbeing Services include:
- Short-term, solutions-focused counselling
- Referrals to external agencies and community support networks
- Targeted small group programs
- Referral to Department of Education Specialists for psychological and educational assessment
- Support and advice for parents and families
- Access to our Adolescent Health Nurse
These services complement a range of support options and student well-being initiatives provided within the College to cater for individual differences and needs with the support of the First Aid Officer. Wellbeing support at the College is voluntary and based on best practice.
Every Friday, Miranda, Denver and Harvey visit the College for the Patient Paws Animal Assisted Intervention program.
Using the healing power of the human-animal bond the counselling team at Patient Paws is dedicated to providing support to individuals of all ages. Denver and Harvey help assist in creating a welcoming and friendly environment and are trained to provide emotional support and comfort to those in need.
Prevention of Family Violence First Aid Session
There is an opportunity for community members in Cardinia to complete a Family Violence First Aid course for free, delivered by Women’s Health in the South East and Cardinia Shire Council. This course is 6 afternoon sessions that covers family violence prevention, responding to resistance, responding to disclosures and self-care. We invite parents to learn how they can support members of their community who may be experiencing family violence and engage with them in our Respectful Relationships work. Upon completion, participants will also be offered the opportunity to complete a train-the-trainer so they can deliver these sessions themselves to other community members.
Please see the flyer for session times and contact details.
It’s the time of year to remind families about being Sunsmart. Follow the link to an article for parents of teens encouraging sun protection.
Wear it Purple Day
Koo Wee Rup Secondary College is abuzz with excitement as we come together to celebrate Wear It Purple Day. This colourful and impactful event serves as a reminder of the significance of Pride celebrations and the ongoing importance of fostering an inclusive environment.
In a world that often seems more accepting and open, some might wonder why events like Pride and Wear It Purple Day are still relevant. It’s easy to assume that progress has been made and that the LGBTQIA+ community no longer faces the challenges of the past. However, the truth remains that Pride celebrations hold immense significance, acting as a beacon of hope, unity, and support for those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
Wear It Purple Day is more than just a day of celebration; it’s an opportunity to shed light on the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals. By raising awareness about the unique struggles, they encounter, we can foster a greater sense of understanding and empathy. This knowledge empowers us to extend a helping hand to one another, building a stronger, more united community that stands together in the face of adversity.
At Koo Wee Rup Secondary College, the celebration of Wear It Purple Day serves a dual purpose. Not only does it create a space for jubilation and camaraderie, but it also actively contributes to the creation of a haven for LGBTQIA+ students and staff. By embracing events that honour diversity and challenge discrimination, the college is taking meaningful steps towards nurturing an environment where everyone can thrive and be their authentic selves.
Thank you to all the students who wore purple in support.
In a world where acceptance should be universal, it’s clear that the journey towards complete inclusivity is far from over. Events like Wear It Purple Day remind us that there is still work to be done, conversations to be had, and barriers to be dismantled. So, as we come together to celebrate and raise awareness, let us also remember the vital role each of us plays in championing diversity and fostering an environment where everyone truly belongs.
If you feel like you could do with the support of a professional, help is always available at:
- MyPlace – Cardinia – 1800 496 884
- Youth Counselling and Support Service – Casey – 9792 7279
- LifeLine – 13 11 14 – Provides counselling, information and referrals for people experiencing a personal crisis.
- Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636 – Provides advice and support for people experiencing depression and anxiety.
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467 – Provides free counselling for anyone (15 years+) who is suicidal or affected by suicide.
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800 – Provides free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling services specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
- E-HeadSpace – Provides free online or telephone support with a clinician via an online chat. This service is available for 12–25-year-olds,