With the college full of students again, it is nice we are at last back to our busy, noisy normal self. We are hearing stories from students about struggle and survival and resilience and almost universally students are saying “I am so glad to be back”. Our goal for the rest of this year is not about catching up on missed work, but we are all about getting students back into a normal school routine of bells, uniforms, settling down in class, renewing friendships, and homework. The educational specialists and psychologists tell us that routine, consistency and familiarity are the most important things when the world around us is topsy turvy. In addition, we will not be asking students to repeat the year level. In reality, in any year,  very few students repeat at Mooroolbark College. Repeating frequently creates social difficulties and students rarely do better educationally. We want to spend the remaining weeks of the year preparing students to be ready to go in 2021. 

As always, we want to remind you, that your child’s mental health and successful transition back into “normal covid” schooling is our priority and we want to continue to provide quality welfare support to our students. If you have any concerns at all about your child then please contact your child’s coordinator or myself and chaplain Gill Van Der Ende. We are available to parents via phone or text. Your child can also contact us directly by knocking on the door of our office. We are here to support you.

John Nichol
Well-Being Leader


Kids Helpline 
Counselling service for people aged between 5 and 25 
24 hours/7 days
1800 551 800
(email, web chat)

Crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services 
24 hours/7 days 
13 11 14

Beyond Blue 
Information and support for all ages to promote optimal mental health. 
24 hours/7 days 
1300 224 636 
(Chat online or email) 

E headspace 
Provide mental health support for young people aged 12–25
10pm – 1am 
Online counselling: 1pm – 1am 
1800 650 890 
Yarra Ranges Youth Team 
Provide support and advice to young people 
9294 6716 or email youth@yarraranges.vic.gov.au 
Free youth, teen, young adult and family counselling
9738 8801 or visit https://www.inspiro.org.au/ for more information 
Parent line  
Support for Parents and carers with children from birth to 18 years 
8am–midnight/7 days 
13 22 89 

Family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region 
Mon-Fri 9am-8pm 
Sat 9am-5pm (phone or email) 
03 9259 4200 

No To Violence 
Supports for men who use family violence 
Mon – Fri 8am-9pm