Well being

The wellbeing of every student matters to us. We are wanting Hillcrest to be a place where all students discover, connect, grow and serve in a safe and supportive environment. There are four aspects of wellbeing linked to our four purpose cornerstones. 

Spiritual Wellbeing (Faith), Emotional Wellbeing (Character), Mental and Physical Wellbeing (Learning), and Social Wellbeing (Service).

The Secondary Student Wellbeing Coordinator is Mrs Kerry McCracken. Her key role is to support the teachers in the provision of pastoral care, in following through with families who may have concerns about aspects of their child’s wellbeing, and initiating and overseeing programs that promote wellbeing such ‘MindMatters’ related to promoting good mental health.

Pastoral Care

We believe young people flourish in life and learning when they know they are safe, valued for themselves and are actively cared for. Our approach to pastoral care in Hillcrest Secondary underpins everything we do encompassing all activities and the essential relationships, especially those between teachers and students. While all teachers are charged with a duty of care for all Hillcrest students, the prime responsibility falls to each student’s Pastoral Care Teacher. They, along with the Year Level Coordinators and our Student Wellbeing Coordinator, look to provide an individualised approach to the needs of each student. 

Secondary Chaplaincy

The two fulltime Secondary Chaplains are called to provide care, alongside of others, for the total wellbeing of those within the College Community. It is all about supporting and helping young people grow in faith, character, learning and service.

Amongst the myriad of things they do include:

  • Making meaningful and supportive connections with students across all six class levels of Hillcrest Secondary
  • Coordinating the follow up of students referred to them by staff. Where appropriate they make referrals to medical professionals, professional counselling services, youth support services and churches
  • Organising Secondary chapel services, sharing devotions with students and staff, and attending special events such as camps and excursions
  • Leading and coordinating student discipleship programs
  • Design programs that help students to grow in their spirituality and resilience
  • Coordinate student-to-student mentoring programs

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