Elisabeth Murdoch College


Supporting the wellbeing of Elisabeth Murdoch College students, to strengthen engagement in their learning and development.


Our College is totally committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of every member of our school community.

Our aim is to build the knowledge and skills to support wellbeing, across our College community through a strategic whole school approach.  We intend to collaboratively support students to be active particpants in their wellbeing journey and become happy and resilient young people and successful adults.  



The Wellbeing Team at Elisabeth Murdoch College provides a professional service to students and their families which enhances the personal, social and educational development of students. 

A school wellbeing team is often the first places many young people and families or carers turn to for help. School wellbeing teams provide a first line of response. An important role of our Wellbeing Team is also to identify when a student needs more specialist mental health care, and to make the appropriate referrals or ask for specialist advice or support.

Services include:

  • Short term, solutions focused counselling
  • Referrals to external agencies and community support networks
  • Targeted small group programs
  • Referral to Department of Education specialists for psychological and educational assessment
  • Secondary consultation and professional development of staff
  • Support and advice for parents and families

These services complement a range of support options and student wellbeing initiatives provided within the College to cater for individual differences and needs.  Wellbeing support at the College is voluntary and based on best practice.


Referrals to Wellbeing can be requested by students, family or staff.  A Wellbeing Referral form must be completed and signed by the home group teacher, before being submitted to the Student Achievement Leader of the relevant sub school.  Referrals are then discussed during weekly secondary consultation meetings between sub school teams and Wellbeing, before being allocated to a Wellbeing staff member for follow up.  This process ensures a holistic team approach to support, and encourages open and regular communication. 






Elisabeth Murdoch College has partnered with Langwarrin Primary, Langwarrin Park Primary and Woodlands to create the Langwarrin Positive Education Network. Together, we strive to improve wellbeing at a school and community level.  Positive Education brings together best-practice teaching with the science of Positive Psychology, to help all students reach their academic and personal potential. Based on the research, we have developed ‘THRIVE’. Our THRIVE model outlines 6 simple actions you can take to build robust levels of wellbeing.

 To learn more about THRIVE visit our website and follow us on Facebook.





   sonny headshot In my role with the Wellbeing Team at Elisabeth Murdoch College, I spend lots of time with the students, staff and wider College community.  Through my ongoing therapy dog training with K9 Support, I have been thoroughly temperament tested and exposed to a range of experiences.My role as ‘Chief Happiness Officer’ is to provide support in the following areas:
  • Confidence and independence
  • Empathy to new situations
  • Emotional understanding
  • Social relationships
  • Tactile perception
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Environmental understanding
  • Self esteem
  • Increase social interactions and motivations
  • Improve mood
  • Reduce aggression
  • Support engagement
Put simply, I have a natural ability to refocus students who may be feeling upset for a variety of reasons.  My role is to try to help calm students down and have a positive impact on their emotions. Sometimes, just my presence can divert attention away from what is causing the stress and/or anxiety for a student (Leaser 2005).  This contributes to the opportunity for better educational outcomes, as I can help lower individual stress levels, as well as overall stress levels in classrooms, to promote to an enhanced learning experience. 

 My desk is outside of Ms Ashby's office.  Often I’m working hard with her, the students or the Wellbeing team, out in the yard making friends, greeting everyone as they arrive for school, helping on bus duty after school; or sometimes in assemblies, classrooms or working one on one with students in diverse ways.  They also make sure I get rest breaks, because this job can be demanding.  At any time though, you can keep up to date with what I’m doing by following me on social media (I’m on Instagram: @sonny_emc).