Wellbeing

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is a holistic approach to health. It doesn't just refer to the absence of physical disease or illness, but the mental health, resilience and feelings of happiness that an individual experiences in their day-to-day life.

Karabar High School supports the development of students who are resilient and empowered to seek advice and support from the adults and peers around them. We do this by fostering positive relationships and connections between the students and the adults in their lives, including teachers. Our aim is to have all students display a range of positive attributes and capabilities. This includes optimism, confidence, social skills, positive mood, self-belief that they can do things and positive self-identity.

What is mental health?

Mental health, as defined by MindMatters, is a positive and productive state of mind that allows an individual to respond to the challenges of everyday life. When we have positive mental health we are more likely to enjoy relationships, benefit from opportunities and contribute productively to society. However, mental health can't be taken as a 'given'. We are all vulnerable to changes in mental health, whether relatively minor and temporary, or significant in duration and impact. Karabar High School aims to support students through any disruptions to their positive mental health through a variety of programs.

What is resilience?

MindMatters refers to 'Resilience' as our capacity to bounce back from disruptive life events. This capacity is formed by a range of personal skills and social connections, many of which can be deliberately developed. Karabar High School's parent community and partner Public Schools promote our use of resilience through The Resilience Project.

If you need assistance at school

There are numerous points of contact for students to access support within Karabar High School. Parents are also encouraged to contact the school if they wish to discuss the mental health or wellbeing of their child. The Year Advisor is your best point of contact. If the matter is urgent and the Year Advisor is unavailable, ask to speak to Carmel D'Ambrosio (Head Teacher Wellbeing) or a Deputy Principal.

Who is part of the Wellbeing Team?

Head Teacher Wellbeing: Carmel D'Ambrosio
2018 Year 7 Advisor: Kathryn O'Malley
Year 7 Advisor: Dimity Burgun
Year 8 Advisor: Charlotte Gearside
Year 9 Advisor: Damian Reid
Year 10 Advisor: Sarah Dowell
Year 11 Advisor: Jessica Watson
Year 12 Advisor: Stephen Barrett
Middle School (Years 7, 8 and 9) Deputy Principal: Ann-Marie Shannon
Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12) Deputy Principal: Megan Altenburg
School Psychologist: Fiona Lane

Useful links

ReachOut.com
Music eScape
Youthbeyondblue
Appreciate
Black Dog Institute
headspace
Ecouch
Kids Helpline

Karabar High School proudly supports MindMatters, a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Find out more at www.mindmatters.edu.au

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Donald Road Queanbeyan
NSW 2620
F: 02 6299 3035