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
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
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: Stephen Barrett (Relieving)
Year 7 Advisor: Sheralee Fordham
Year 8 Advisor: Rachel Tohi
Year 9 Advisor: Charlotte Gearside
Year 10 Advisor: Damian Reid
Year 11 Advisor: Sarah Dowell
Year 12 Advisor: Jessica Watson
Middle School (Years 7, 8 and 9) Deputy Principal: Ann-Marie Shannon
Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12) Deputy Principal: Megan Altenburg
School Psychologists: Fiona Lane and Melinda McBeath
Black Dog Institute
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