Dear Staff, Students, Parents and Carers,

At LSC we believe that everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that change in attitude and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings. We have joined the Respectful Relationships program to help us make these changes in our school, and in other schools across South Gippsland.

With Term 2 being mostly taken up by Remote and Flexible Learning, and the planning and preparation for this, our Respectful Relationships work has not been as visible as we would have liked.

There has been some discussion and planning with Leongatha Primary School regarding our roles as Lead Schools in the South Gippsland Network. Due to the current restrictions we have been unable to meet with other schools to share ideas and support their work, but we are hoping to begin this during Term 3.

During Term 2 our students in SPARK classes across Years 7,8 and 9 have been learning about respect, bullying and understanding our emotions and reactions. In Term 3 students will cover important areas such as resilience and developing a positive mindset.

I hope you all had a chance to view the three videos from our LSC school Leaders, Essendon football captain Dyson Heppel and also South Gippsland Shire’s CEO Kerryn Ellis. These videos each gave a fantastic overview of what it means to be Respectful in their day-to-day lives. If you haven’t had a chance to view them as yet, click on the above links and watch alongside your young person. 

Our Respectful Relationships Implementation Team have continued to meet during this term, and have spent time studying the data we received from the Respectful Relationships surveys. While 80% of students responded positively to questions about Principals and Staff showing concern, a third of our students indicated they, at times, did not feel safe at school. One third of students also reported not being sure how to react or intervene if they witnessed violent behaviour, and the data also highlighted that many students at LSC are not clear about our expectations for their behavior. Many students also indicated they were not fully aware of the Respectful Relationships program and what it is aiming to achieve.

These findings have led us to splitting the team into two groups. One is focussed upon Student Safety, and will investigate this further, and the other group will focus upon communication about the program here at LSC and in the broader community.

Please contact any of the Respectful Relationships Implementation Team (Mrs Chalmers, Julie Jacobs, Renee Winterton, Miss Boddy, Angus Clark, Louise Janssen, Jack Allen, Eden Free, Mr Chester) if you have any questions.

It is also important to remember that if you, or someone you know, is struggling with your general or mental health there are many services available to support you:

LOCAL SUPPORTS:

Julie Jacobs – LSC Student Wellbeing
You can drop in to the Wellbeing office (beside C02) or email if you want to discuss a personal situation, seek advice or for additional information on counselling options at school (Gary Bergman (Bass Coast Health), Victor Viray (Mental Health Social Worker), Ashlee Edwards (headspace Psychologist – limited appointments)

Renee Winterton – LSC School Nurse
to access the School Nurse, you can speak with Julie, your coordinator or drop in to the Wellbeing Office on Tuesday or Thursday

Youth Access Clinic
CCG Gymnasium building, Horn St, Leongatha (old primary school) – open on Mondays 12.30-4.00, no appointment necessary and bulk-billed to see a GP for any reason associated with mental or physical health

TELEPHONE/ONLINE SUPPORT & ADVICE FOR TEENS:

Youth Beyond Blue
https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/home – Phone: 1300 224 636 or online chat 3pm-12am

Headspace
headspace.org.au Phone: 1800 650 890 for online & telephone support service for young people & their families going through a tough time.

Kids Helpline
a telephone counseling service for 13-25 year olds – Phone: 1800 55 1800 or web counseling go to kidshelp.com.au

ONLINE SAFETY SUPPORT:

Office of the e-Safety Commissioner
www.esafety.gov.au – Phone 1800 880 176 to report cyberbullying, to report offensive or illegal content, to report a sexual image of you online if you are under 18

TELEPHONE/ONLINE SUPPORT FOR PARENTS:

Beyond Blue – Phone: 1300 224 636 for telephone support or additional information at beyondblue.org.au

Lifeline – Phone 13 11 14 for 24hr telephone crisis support or for online crisis support, one-on-one chat go to lifeline.org.au

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