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Kuranda District State College Wellbeing Team 2019
Guidance Officer - Bebe Worsfield                            
The Guidance Officer (GO) leads the wellbeing team and provides expertise in mental health and social emotional learning (SEL). The main goal of the GO is to increase access to the curriculum for young people who face various psychological and cognitive challenges, as well as engage in a proactive approach to improve student wellbeing. GOs liaise with external professional agencies to provide wraparound support for students in need.
Guidance Officers are experienced teachers who have completed postgraduate qualifications in guidance and counselling. Each school has at least one Guidance Officer who works as part of the administration team within the school.
Areas of Operation
Predominant areas of operation are:
·         Complex case management 
·         Verification of students with special needs 
·         Trauma informed education
·         Mental health first-aid
·         Behaviour development
·         SEL curriculum oversight
·         Career counselling and advice 
·         Career pathways
·         Staff capacity building
Accessing Services
Students facing challenges can contact the Student Services team for support. Secondary students can self-refer and primary students require a signed consent form to access Guidance Services.
Parents/carers can contact the Student Services team should they have concerns regarding their children’s wellbeing. Appointments can be made by phoning the front office or via email at
Guidance services are available in Term 3 on weeks, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10.  Term 4 dates will be available soon.
School Based Youth Health Nurse - Shari Pinfield     
The School Based Youth Health Nurse (SBYHN) Program is funded by QLD Health for High School students, their families and carers.
More specifically, SBYHNs provide the opportunity for young people, their parents/carers and members of the school community to access a health professional for matters relating to the health and wellbeing of young people and support school communities to adopt a whole-of-school Health Promoting Schools approach to address contemporary health and social issues facing young people and their families in order to help young people make a safe and healthy transition into adulthood.
The SBYHN is available for confidential consults with students aged 12 and over, their families and carers, as well as staff and will refer to specialist support agencies if necessary, or provide health information or advice.
The SBYHN can provide health and wellbeing information about:
•healthy eating and physical activity
•mental health
•personal or family problems
•healthy skin
•sexual health
•smoking, alcohol and other drugs
•growth and development
The services not provided by the SBYHN:
•medical treatments or first aid
•physical examinations
•ongoing counselling for psychological problems
Students, parents, carers and staff can self-refer by dropping in, emailing or phoning.
Alternatively, you can refer if you are concerned about someone else.
Contact details
Shari Pinfield  - School Based Youth Health Nurse
Mobile: 0427 009 887
Wednesday's and alternate Thursdays

Student Wellbing Officer - Jane Jenkins                

 The Student Wellbeing Officer (SWO) works across both campuses and provides support for students in the space of wellbeing and social/emotional development. The SWO responds to individual and group differences, promotes collaborative learning, connects to the hearts and minds of student, and teaches students how to manage their wellbeing.

Jane has been involved in the Kuranda education community for many years and has supported a wide variety of students facing a wide variety of challenges. Jane can be contacted during school hours via the school office or on email at
Areas of Operation
              Wellbeing team member
              Student attendance focus
              Family and school connections and partnerships
              Scholarship and training support
              Community connection activities
              Supporting student learning outcomes
              Member of college Positive Behaviour for Learning team
              Social and emotional program support and delivery
              Individual support of students with specific social and emotional needs, grief and loss, separation and divorce situations and support with managing academic workload
              Transition support of students from primary to secondary schooling
              Implementation and maintenance of a safe, supportive and positive school environmen


School Chaplins - Deb Bromley                                                                     

Molly Wilson                                                                  
Scripture Union QLD Chaplains (SU QLD) are part of the care team that provides proactive programs for young people’s social/emotional, wellbeing and spiritual needs through pastoral care, activities, community outreach and adventure-based learning. The position is assisted through funding from the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP).
Molly has been working as Chaplain at Kuranda since July 2016, mainly with primary students. She runs a weekly breakfast program, lunch groups and works one-on-one with students in both pastoral care and educational support.
Deb has worked as a chaplain for over 10 years and at KDSC since 2013, predominantly on the secondary campus. She runs life-skill programs and lunch groups across all senior year levels, as well as SU Qld holiday camps.
Areas of Operation
              Provide pastoral care, personal and spiritual support for students, staff and parents of the school community
              Work closely with the Wellbeing Team within the school to nurture and care for students
              Participate in school excursions, sports days, performance nights, assemblies, school committees
              Run Life Skills/Personal Development programs
              Participate and help with school sporting teams
              Assist with special needs and behaviour management programs
              Network with relevant support services and organisations in the local community to provide a broad range of services to the school community.
Accessing Services
Chappy Deb – Thursdays and Fridays  -
Chappy Molly – Tuesdays and Fridays –
Both Chappies can be also be contacted by leaving a message at the school office.





Community Liaison Officer - Zami Coleman


While the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) engages, interacts and is approachable to all young people, he provides specific focus on the college’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students. KDSC is proud to be an educational support for around 150 indigenous students, including local families and a number of students from Torres Strait Islands and other communities.
From these diverse cultural backgrounds, KDSC supports and celebrates the shared cultural learning environments of indigenous culture. This is accomplished through traditional and contemporary cultural practices such as song, dance, languages, art, music, food and historical learning.
Our CLO is the ‘cultural liaison’ link connection between school and community. For all enquiries, please contact him via the school office or at
Areas of Operation
              Wellbeing team member
              Student attendance focus
              Parent and school connections
              Cross cultural awareness
              Scholarship and training support
              Indigenous job pathways and vocational support
              Cultural and community activities
              Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student learning outcome support



Chaplaincy and Wellbeing Programs 2019
Boost Breaky
Boost Breaky operates twice a week serving breakfast for students across the whole college from front of school. Pancakes and fresh fruits are being served every Tuesday and Friday morning. Once per term Community Breakies provide an opportunity for our staff, students and families to gather, connect and enjoy a sausage sizzle and other lavish breakfast treats! Our first Community Breaky for 2019 is Friday 24th  May to celebrate ‘Chappy Week’ – funded by our Kuranda DSC Local Chaplaincy Committee and recognising the work of school chaplains in our Queensland state schools.
A2B Groups
A2B is a life-skill group, taking students on a journey of understanding more of self, others and their world. An A2B group meet for a total of 7 hours across 1-2 terms and share ‘peak experience’ excursions. The sessions include learnings on identity, emotional and physical wellbeing, support networks, purpose and potential, relationships and making a difference. The excursions are mostly delivered at The Northern Outlook, an adventure-based learning facility in Redlynch and focus on team-building, challenging self and facing fears and impacting community. A2B groups have been running since 2016 at KDSC and all Year 7 students go through the program, which is facilitated by our School Chaplains.
Radiance is a program designed for Year 10 girls, designed to give young women a sense of identity, purpose and belonging. Sessions focus on self-worth, living healthily, confidence, emotions, respect and on-line identity, friendships and relationships and dreaming big. The program sits within our HPE curriculum and runs once per month throughout the year, facilitated by our School Chaplains.
Love Bites and Be Me
Love Bites is a program widely used in Australian secondary schools and developed by NAPCAN. Be Me is a program from Centacare Cairns. Both programs have been delivered at KDSC since 2017 and focus on Respectful Relationship Education. The Be Me program covers issues such as media influence, body image, self-esteem and defining healthy relationships. Love Bites consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence and one on Sex and Relationships. Nurse Shari and Chappy Deb will be running the Love Bites Program with all year 9 and 10 students in Term 3 in 2019.
Senior Lunch Group
This group has been running on Thursdays for 5 years at KDSC. The group is for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The group themselves plan the weekly session themes and a short message or activity is delivered each week. A broad spectrum of informative and fun sessions are covered, such as responsible partying, career choices, personality profiling, pamper days, balloon tennis, circus skills and even hosting a baby shower for one of our teacher aides!
M Power Girl
A lunch group for girls in Year 6, focusing on sessions from this peer relationship program from the Stride Foundation. The program is focused on learning about the ‘ideal friend’ M-Power Girl, successful peer relationships, resilience, assertiveness, inclusivity and the power of words. The lunch program launched in 2018 for Year 6 girls, one lunch time a week and has proved to be a very popular group with our students.
Primary Boys Dance Group
A program run at KDSC since 2017, this group runs for an hour each week for indigenous primary-aged boys to connect with and learn about dance and culture. The group is lead by our Community Liaison Officer and the boys often get to perform and demonstrate their skills at school and external events
Solar Buddy
Solar Buddy is an educational initiative covering subject areas of English, Science and SOSE, with a series of 6 lessons on global energy poverty, country connection, solar technology, solar power experiment, renewable and non-renewable energy and letter writing. Students then practically put together a small solar light for a child living in a third world country. KDSC have run the Solar Buddy project for 2 years and will run it in 2019 with students in Year 5 and 6, sending lights to children living impacted by HIV in Papua New Guinea.
Whole School Wellbeing initiatives
RUOK Day – September - student challenges, promotional materials and reinforcement of RU OK? message across campus.
Mental Health Week – October - initiatives for staff and student wellbeing – guest speakers and interactive student sessions at break times, brewed coffees and homemade muffins for staff, Chappy foot massages and professional massage sessions for all staff.
Bullying No Way Day - Held each year in Term 1 – national initiative to raise awareness and combat bullying in schools. Breaky Banner created for students to show support for saying no to bullying with their handprint and inspirational messages, followed up by classroom initiatives and discussions.