The wellbeing of every student at Essendon Keilor College is our highest priority. It is an important outcome in its own right, but it is also a precondition for learning – making the two inseparable.

It’s why we’re committed to partnering with families, learners, the Department of Education and Training (DET) and specialist external agencies to maximise student health and wellbeing. For us this means providing the environment, curriculum, policies, practices and services that give our young people every opportunity to be healthy, safe and happy while pursuing academic progress and personal growth.

Our caring, inclusive, friendly culture creates the community spirit we all enjoy and benefit from. It enhances each student’s sense of belonging as well as their pride in and engagement with the school.

At Essendon Keilor College, the integrated learning and wellbeing program promotes:

  • the safety and protection of every child
  • inclusion
  • attendance
  • student voice
  • consistent demonstration of the college values, the Student Code of Conduct and Positive Behaviour Framework
  • restorative practice
  • engagement with learning and active participation in all aspects of school life
  • health and wellbeing education – the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to manage their own health and wellbeing and to support that of others
  • support for individual needs
  • character strength development
  • leadership capacity
  • resilience
  • access to a range of counselling and allied health services.

This underpins the holistic formation of our students; their ability to make progress, excel and demonstrate peak performance.

Student Health and Wellbeing

We acknowledge, address and promote the five dimensions of health and wellbeing that contribute to the development of the whole person:

  • Learning development and skills – including active participation and engagement in learning; having the functional skills to participate meaningfully in all aspects of one’s life
  • Social and emotional wellbeing – including positive mental health, self-awareness, resilience, interpreting the world positively; demonstrating pro-social values and behaviour
  • Supportive relationships – including positive family bonds, friendships, experiencing a sense of belonging and being engaged in age-appropriate learning and activity
  • Physical health – including absence of health problems, oral health, nutrition, weight and self-management including sleeping
  • Safety and material wellbeing – including a sense of safety at home and where young people play and learn, being safe from injury and harm, having access to daily essentials and adequate and stable housing

EKC’s a supportive place. Everyone’s there for us. Whether you need help with learning, finances, your subject choices or with emotional support, you get it. You get what you need, when you need it. It’s a great school. You just want to turn up and be part of it.

ChamandiYear 12