Key Dates to be updated

2020
Term 1: 28 January (school teachers start) to 27 March
Term 2: 14 April to 26 June
Term 3: 13 July to 18 September
Term 4: 5 October to 18 December

For a list of future years term dates, please click the link below
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/datesterm.aspx

Red Cliffs Secondary uniforms can now be purchased from Lowes.

Lowes will pay a commission to the school on every item of school uniform sold in their local store.

Shop T47 Mildura Central, Cnr Deakin Avenue & 15th Street Mildura

or online at www.lowes.com.au – or click the image below

College uniform items link

The Red Cliffs Secondary College’s Wellbeing program is central to the College’s goal of developing resilient, compassionate, successful, citizens. The Wellbeing team works to support and challenge students to explore ways to develop their psychological, social, mental, emotional, spiritual, academic and physical health. If students are happy and healthy, they will have the opportunity to reach their capacity for learning, performance and educational outcomes. The program works to ensure the college environment is respectful and inclusive of all, and celebrates the diverse cultures and backgrounds within the college community so every student feels valued and accepted.

The challenges young people are experiencing are diverse, and the Wellbeing program is designed to provide them with the relevant support and care that could be any one of the following:
– information that will assist them in making positive choices in their lives
– identifying issues that are impacting on them and creating new ways of understanding and managing these issues. This may include developing problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution, restoring harm, de-escalating and self-regulation skills
– advocacy, mediation or negotiation with family, friends, peers or teachers
– assistance in exploring and developing their strengths, resilience, compassion, self-belief and confidence to manage the ever presenting challenges of life
– support for change, loss, grief in their lives
– referrals to Student Services or external agencies

Primary prevention programs:

– All junior school students participate each year in a wellbeing day that aims to build their resilience and compassion for others. These include: Managing Change for Year 7s; Alcohol Awareness Day for Year 8s; and Mental Health Day for Year 9s
– Senior school students are invited to train as Supportive Friends and Peer Leaders.
– The Wellbeing team members are also invited into classes to complement student learnings.

Early Intervention programs: small group work

– Seasons for Growth – for young people experiencing change, loss and grief.
– Rock and Water – self-awareness and self-realisation program for students
– Rage and Managing the Bull – managing anger and bullying programs
– Mindfulness – managing stress and developing gratitude

Student voice and empowerment is created with the senior school network of trained Peer Leaders and Supportive Friends that works to enhance a warm, safe and welcoming culture where young people are heard, respected and valued. These two programs contribute to a healthy and happy community environment at the college with selected leaders facilitating sessions in the junior school Wellbeing Days. The juniors love learning from the seniors.

The Hugh Williamson Centre conists of: four offices, a waiting area, a wellbeing classroom fitted out with a kitchen and a large Covered decking area. It is next to the doctor’s rooms and it provides an environment for students who may need a quiet and safe space at difficult times.
We are located in the Hugh Williamson Wellbeing Centre which consists of: four offices; waiting area; wellbeing classroom fitted out with fully working kitchen; and a covered decking area.

The Wellbeing Team is a team of dedicated professionals who work alongside the Student Management Team:
– Chris Lawrence (College Chaplain) joined the team in Term 4 2017 and we look forward to discovering his strengths and gifts
– Julia Lohmeyer (College Nurse) has many years of experience in nursing in a variety of settings and her focus is health promotion
– Rebekah Milne (College Chaplain) is a family therapist and is a local pastor
– Barb O’Hara (College Wellbeing Co-ordinator) is a social worker and has worked in Student Services and as the region’s Wellbeing and Drug Educator.
The team also works closely with Student Services’ psychologists and social workers and a variety of external agencies to ensure every student gets the support and care they need.

Accessing Wellbeing Support

Students are able to self-refer by attending the Wellbeing Centre but they are encouraged to speak to the Year Level Co-ordinator or Sub School Manager to organise a referral.
Families are able to contact the Wellbeing Co-ordinator to organise a referral for their child.
We welcome enquiries from families about the Wellbeing program, and how we can support your daughters and sons to enjoy reaching their optimum wellbeing and their educative potential.

Apps and Websites

au.reachout.comyouth issues
brave4you.psy.uq.edu.auworry/anxiety program
bullyingnoway.gov.au 
The Check-In Appsupporting a friend
The Smiling Mind Appmindfulness
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au 
www.eheadspace.org.aumental health issues
www.parentline.vic.gov.auDET
www.parentline.com.aulinked with kidshelpline
www.yodda.org.auyouth, drugs and alcohol advice
www.youthbeyondblue.commental health issues

 

Numbers

Centacare Family Services5051 0050
Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS)5022 3500
Child and Family Information, Referral and Support Team (ChildFIRST)1300 625 533
Child Protection1800 675 598 or 131 278 (AH)
Headspace5021 2400
KidsHelpLine1800 551 800
LifeLine131 114
Mallee Domestic Violence 24/75021 2130
Mallee Family Care502 5966
Mallee Sexual Assult5025 5400
Mental Health Triage and Acute Community Intervention Service 24/75022 3500
Mildura District Aboriginal Services (MDAS)5018 4100
Murray Mallee Community Legal Service1800 243 002
ParentLine132 289
Suicide Call Back Service1300 659 467
Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC)5022 1006
Sunraysia Community Health Services5022 5444


Red Cliffs Secondary College signed a sister school relationship with Dali Prefectural Minority Middle School in 2009. Dali is located in Yunnan Province in South West China.

A relationship has existed between the Mildura Rural City Council and the Dali Prefectural Government for a number of years.  Initially this relationship was aimed at boosting trade opportunities for primary producers in the Sunraysia area to create export markets, however this was initially slow to take off.  Links between Sunraysia TAFE, La Trobe University Mildura Campus and Dali University did take off, with students from each location travelling to the other to further their studies.  During 2009 an offer was made to Merbein and Red Cliffs Colleges to become a part of the educational relationship, which both schools enthusiastically accepted.  In September 2009 the Principals and School Council Presidents of both schools travelled to Dali to sign sister school agreements with two schools in Dali.

The first cultural exchange occurred in August 2010, when 12 year 10 students and 3 staff from Dali visited Red Cliffs. This was followed up in September 2010, when 12 year 10 students and 3 staff from Red Cliffs travelled to Dali, Kunming and Lijiang. Whilst in China, Red Cliffs students visited local tourist attractions, sampled the local cuisine and home stayed with the families of their host brothers and sisters – a unique and exciting way to become immersed in the true Chinese way of life.  Students also attended classes at school, where they experienced many differences to their normal school day, including 7am to 10pm school days and classes of 70.  Red Cliffs and Merbein students travelled together.

The second exchange occurred in August and September 2011, when 17 year 10 students from each school visit the other school. The 2011 trip to China took the Red Cliffs students to Dali, Kunming and Beijing, where students walked part of the Great Wall, visited Tiananmen Square and the People’s Palace.  In 2012 Xian was added to the itinerary; home of the Terracotta Warriors.  Irymple Secondary College joined the other two schools in 2012, when they became a sister school with a third Dali school

Plans for the 2020 trip are well under way, with 16 students from year 10 visiting China in September, after hosting 16 Dali students in August.

 

Member Category Member Name Current Term Start Date Current Term End Date Office Held Gender
Community
Phil Hand
14/03/2017
March 2019
President
Male
DET
David Browne
Principal
Male
DET
Sara Broster
14/03/2017
March 2019
N/A
Female
Community
Keigha Anderson
14/03/2017
March 2019
N/A
Female
Parent
Brooke Allen
17/03/2017
March 2019
Treasurer
Female
DET
Wendy Hateley
17/03/2017
March 2019
N/A
Female
DET
Donald Mayne
22/03/2016
March 2018
N/A
Male
DET
Kerrie Shaw
22/03/2016
March 2018
N/A
Female
Community
Gary Walsh
22/03/2016
March 2018
Vice President
Male
Community
Harry Pasut
22/03/2016
March 2018
N/A
Male
Parent
Monica Douglas
14/03/2017
March 2018
N/A
Female
Parent
Carolyn Nulty
14/03/2017
March 2019
N/A
Female
Parent
Bernadette Gardner
22/03/2016
March 2018
N/A
Female
Parent
Marion Peters
14/03/2017
March 2019
N/A
Female
Parent
Andrea Williams
22/03/2016
March 2018
N/A
Female