Wellbeing & Welfare

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The McDonald College is committed to providing a comprehensive Wellbeing Program that seeks to support and enhance the emotional, psychological and social needs of our students, staff and community. We seek to promote a safe and respectful environment that provides tools and knowledge to nurture responsibility, resilience and a positive school culture.

Our Wellbeing Team is made up of Secondary Year Coordinators, the College Psychologist and the Head of Wellbeing. We work in conjuction with our Principal and Deputy Principal to maintain a safe and positive experience for our College Community. We demonstrate this by running:

  • Daily wellbeing sessions
  • A Senior Mentor Program – Senior students are paired with a teacher to facilitate and support wellbeing and study during the HSC years
  • Peer Support – Year 10 are trained as leaders to mentor commencing Year 7 students
  • Weekly Student Briefing Sessions
  • Staff Development

In addtion, the College:

  • Regularly seeks the expertise of guest speakers and highlight issues impacting our students in various forums, such as assemblies and specialist workshops
  • Offers a referral and self-referral service with our College Psychologist
  • Organises camps for students in Years 5 – 9 and Year 11, which focus on team building, resilience and contemporary health issues

Police Liaison

We have the support of a School Police Liaison Constable and Youth Liaison Officer. See our NSW Police page. These officers work with schools to reduce youth crime, violence and antisocial behaviour via a range of school intervention and educational programs.

Need help?

Comprehensive list of Helplines & Resource Centres

Website: https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/sites/default/files/publication-documents/1902_helplines_resource_sheet_nsw.pdf

This reference guide is designed to provide practitioners and service providers with the contact details and links to helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and adults. This guide contains details for services operating Australia-wide and in New South Wales. The purpose of CFCA reference guides is to bring together information from various sources to provide a quickly accessible single reference guide.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest information from the NSW Department of Health about COVID-19 including helpline, symptom checker and advice.

Anxiety & Depression

Website: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-emotional-health-ceh

Centre for Emotional Health researchers concentrate on the understanding, treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and related mental health problems.


Wesbite: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/

A supportive and connected school culture is recognised by the connectedness of the community (students, teachers and parents) to the school. Processes are inclusive, relationships are respectful of persons and their rights, and relevant actions are planned for both formal and informal learning.

National Anti-Bullying Day


CyberbullyinG: E-Safety Commission

Website: https://www.esafety.gov.au/

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. The Office was established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for profit community.

Read more about Cyber Safety on our blog.

We also recommend The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet, produced by VPNMentor.

Domestic and Family Violence and sexual Assault

Website: https://www.1800respect.org.au/

If you are worried about unhealthy, abusive or violent behaviour in any of your relationships, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through online chat

Eating Disorders

Website: https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/

Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders offers a multitude of services and programs that provide support, treatment, prevention, early intervention, education and training.

Kids Helpline

Website: https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Managing HSC Stress

Website: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-emotional-health-ceh

The Kidman Centre UTS is a mental health treatment and research unit specialising in evidence-based treatments for children, teenagers, young adults and their families.

Mental Health – NSW Health

For a comprehensive list of support services for Drug & Alcohol, LGBTIQ, Multicultural, Regional Communities and more.

Website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/services/Pages/support-contact-list.aspx

Suicide Callback Service

Website: http://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Get immediate help.


If you believe a child is in immediate danger please call Police on 000. If you or someone you know is in crisis, and you are unsure which service to contact, please call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Both are available from anywhere in Australia 24 hours a day (toll free) and provide generalist crisis counselling, information and referral services.