Student Wellbeing & Engagement

Student wellbeing encompasses all that a school community does as it endeavours to meet the personal, social, physical, spiritual and learning needs of students and their families.

Effective student welfare practices create safe, caring environments and provide opportunities for students to enjoy success and recognition make useful contributions to the life of the school and derive enjoyment from their learning.

Fairhills endeavours to focus on three areas:

  • Effective learning and teaching,
  • Positive school climate,
  • Developing a community


The Student Wellbeing Team consists of the following:

Paul Graham: Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Stewart MacCartney: Chaplain

Michael Bourne: Student Guidance Officer

Thoula McLinden: Social Worker



The SW Team acts as a resource for students, parents and staff who may have concerns regarding student wellbeing.

The team works closely with Class Teachers, the Principal Class, Year Level Coordinators, Careers Coordinator and the wonderful Integration Staff. Volunteer workers and mentors approved by school council also assist the wellbeing team.

Much of the work being done by the Wellbeing team hopefully goes largely unnoticed by the vast majority of the community as we seek to work alongside individual students and their families. However, the other aspects of our work includes ensuring that all students are looked after in their different needs. These activities and programs include: Safe Party Day, Lunchtime BBQ’s, Drug and Alcohol information seminars, Red Frogs – Schoolies Week support and information for the Yr 12’s and self esteem/ conflict management / social skills programs for the Yr 7’s. We have also been blessed this year and need to thank “Tasty Fresh”, in Ferntree Gully, for the many lunches donated.