Visible Wellbeing at SHC

Watch our video on how Visible Wellbeing has been implemented at SHC!

Student Wellbeing

At Sacred Heart College we are committed to creating an inclusive, engaging and mutually respectful environment where each student is:

  • Healthy, safe and valued
  • Engaged, supported and challenged

Our wellbeing practices aim to develop students who:

  • Are optimistic and resilient
  • Have a strong growth mindset
  • Are able to optimise their learning potential through understanding their own strengths

Our wellbeing practices are:

  • Underpinned by the principles of positive psychology
  • Designed to foster genuine partnerships with our parents/carers
  • Holistic, proactive and empirically based

Visible Wellbeing

Wellbeing at SHC is inspired by our Growth and Development Philosophy (see below) and underpinned by our Visible Wellbeing framework. Through this practice, we are working with Lea Waters to embed a culture of wellness for learning across the school and wider community.

Visible Wellbeing meaningfully combines the science of learning and the science of wellbeing to help communities embed evidence-based approaches for supporting wellbeing in a strengths-based manner within a school community. We are using the SEARCH framework, which focuses on strengths and promoting emotional regulation, awareness, relationship building, proactive coping skills and goal setting.

Visible Wellbeing SEARCH Framework

We are really excited about the way in which this program embeds wellness for learning throughout the school, including in all interactions, in curriculum and classrooms, and within the wider community. To get involved, students can engage with student leadership opportunities, speak to a relevant staff member, keep their eye on the Bulletin or start their own initiative! There are also regular excursions providing opportunities to grow their understanding. They can also get involved by seeing, hearing, and feeling wellbeing all around them and speaking to others about this! In terms of physical wellbeing, one way they can get involved is through PA40+.

PA40+ Healthy Activity Your Way, Everyday

PA40+ is the College's initiative that promotes, educates and encourages the benefits of being physically active every day, in your own way for 40 minutes or more.

The program extends across the SHC Community to include students, staff and families as part of our mission to embed a culture and environment of health and wellbeing into all learning.

Year 10 PA40+ Program

PA40+ is a Year 10 semester based subject that aims to equip students with the knowledge and independence to embed healthy habits and attitudes towards lifelong physical activity.

PA40+ Classes

PA40+ Classes offer a variety of daily group fitness classes for all students during school hours, along with the use of College facilities, such as the O'Dwyer Centre Gymnasium and Weights Room. Any students who are keen to get started in using the College's weights room need to first complete an online induction, see the student bulletin for the video and form link.

Class timetables are developed each term in direct response to student feedback about preferred exercise and fitness goals, with classes available every lunchtime at 1.00pm as well as options for those who have study periods.

To view the current timetable please see below and for a list of all classes with descriptions that have been offered so far in the program please visit:

Term 1 2023 Timetable

Please contact Josh Davidson, Sports and Wellness Centre Manager, if you require further information or have any questions about the PA40+ program.


P: 03 5221 4211 ext 532

Online SHC Community Workouts

Students, staff and families also now have access to weekly online workouts presented in partnership with LuceFit Australia. Further details can be found in the Principal's Update email sent to families each Thursday.

All remote PA40+ classes were adapted for virtual participation during COVID lockdown in 2020. These sessions were hosted via Zoom with recordings made available online.

Living Mercy

The objectives of Living Mercy are to assist school communities to provide pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to all students, irrespective of their faith or beliefs. This can include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues; the provision of student welfare; and enhancing engagement with the broader community.

Part of our focus on wellness for learning, the College has developed a Food Charter with the aims to promote balanced, communal, empowered and sustainable food habits.

Read our Food Charter

Inclusion and Diversity

The Inclusion and Diversity team aims to support, empower and enable students to learn within inclusive learning environments. The team caters to the diversity of students' learning and abilities through a range of supports to promote learning independence.

The Inclusion and Diversity team works collaboratively with the internal Student Support Services team alongside external professionals and services, whilst fostering partnerships with families to establish supportive networks. Collectively with health professionals, necessary adjustments are considered to support and engage students in their learning.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services at Sacred Heart College is part of the Inclusion and Diversity Network and is located at Mercy House.

  • Inclusion & Diversity Mind (IDMind) - College Social Workers and Psychologist
  • Inclusion & Diversity Body (IDBody) - First Aid Officer

These services are accessible:

  • in person through Mercy Central, open recess and lunchtime
  • or by appointment at all other times

Pastoral Care

The purpose of the SHC Pastoral Care system is to create a connected, inclusive and caring community where students can feel safe, secure and valued.

The Pastoral Care system at the college is based around a vertical house structure of four houses with mentor groups formed from students in Year 7, Years 8 and 9 and Years 10 to 12. The system and the network of House Mentors are overseen by House Student Development Coordinators (SDC) and Deputy Principal Student Development.

Inclusion and Diversity:

BODY (College First Aid Officer)

Supports students and staff in the promotion of:

  • a healthy lifestyle
  • positive choices and proactivity with regards to self-awareness and management in health
  • general wellbeing and vitality.

The First Aid Officer also provides:

  • Day-to-day management of Student Health and First Aid
  • Student self-management support
  • Emergency first aid and chronic health management
  • Facilitates the Immunisation Program provided by Barwon Health, as part of the free National Immunisation Program
  • Chronic health management for conditions such as: anaphylaxis, chronic allergies, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or a medical condition that may impact on your daughter’s health and learning

The health and well-being of our students is a priority and it is our legal responsibility to have mandatory health management plans in place at the start of each year for students who need support.


Inclusion and Diversity:

MIND (College Social Workers and Psychologist)

  • individual counselling to students on a short term or crisis basis
  • supported referral to community agencies and external practitioners in consultation with parents/carers as required
  • a collaborative and team-based approach to student support and management with families, teachers, Student Development Coordinators, and the Leadership Team
  • Class, Year Level and community presentations on mental health and wellbeing
  • Small group and community interactions based on data and need


As a Catholic learning community in the Mercy tradition, Sacred Heart College strives to embed and maintain a culture of respect, inclusion and safety, where diversity is celebrated, and the dignity of each member is protected.

Respectful Relationships Committment

Helpline Information

Here are some contact numbers of a variety of health services throughout Geelong:

  • Hope Bereavement Care Geelong 4215 3358
  • Headspace Geelong 5222 6690
  • Suicide Line 1300 651 251
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Lifeline 131114
  • Grief Line 1300 845 745
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • MensLine 1800 551 800
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
  • Barwon Health Mental Health Triage 1300 094 187

Online services

The links below provide advice on how to support and speak to young people about mental health and suicide:

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