Wellbeing at Padua

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller, 1986

Who are we?

The Wellbeing Team (WBT) at Padua College includes Pastoral Associate Mary Cameron; Deputy Principal – Pastoral and Wellbeing Wayne Smith and experienced psychologists: Ashley Clinch- Team Leader; Melanie Rogers; Sarah Ives;Jane Fletcher; Jan Schleiger and Prue Wheeler.We are based over the College’s three Campuses and our combined positions cover all five days of the week.

Who are we?

Parents and students talk to us for many reasons:

  • Finding that worrying is taking over, and/or have lost confidence.
  • Tired of feeling sad and low.
  • Having trouble sleeping.
  • Schoolwork may be overwhelming, or feeling under strain.
  • Relationships with family or friends are not going well.
  • Having lost something or someone important.
  • Life looks ok on the outside; it feels like something’s missing or not quite right on the inside.

Young people often have multiple pressures facing them at once, particularly with the ‘instant-ness’ of technology that surrounds them. We know that the most powerful antidote to suicide, violence and drug abuse is the sense of belonging people have in their lives. Counselling is a chance to strengthen and reinforce a sense of connectedness to the adults in their lives including parents and school staff.Counselling can promote one’s resilience and wellbeing and help students refocus their lives and discover what is important to them and move from “surviving” to “thriving.”

Home and school work hard in this journey together. We listen, support, encourage and guide our young people with creativity; a sense of humour; sometimes challenging them and establishing a great connection and trust but always looking for students’ strength and talents.

More information

If you explore the Padua College website under the Padua Community tab for links to a wide range of parenting information such as information on Cyber Safety; Occupational Health & Safety; Parenting Ideas;School Policies; Homework Help; Bus Information and a Drug and Alcohol Safety Resource Guide.

Best wishes
The Padua WBT

PS And last of all thanks again to Joel Tyler (Year 12) for the development of our amazing logo for our Wellbeing Team!


Staff Members

  • Mary Cameron
    Pastoral Associate
  • Ashley Clinch
    Wellbeing Team Leader
  • Melanie Rogers
  • Sarah Ives
  • Jane Fletcher
  • Jan Schleiger
  • Prue Wheeler
  • Olivia Beale
    Student Counsellor



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