Warrawong High School

Wellbeing hub

Warrawong High School has engaged with a variety of agencies to develop a school Wellbeing Hub with internal and external support services complementing those provided by the NSW Department of Education.

School context



School type Secondary
School subtype 7 - 12
Current student enrolment 516 - 700 students
FOEI range 151 - 200
Aboriginal background enrolment 11 - 20%
EAL/D enrolment 41 - 50%
IEC Yes
Support class(es) Yes
School demographic information

Warrawong High School has engaged with a variety of agencies to develop a school Wellbeing Hub with internal and external support services complementing those provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Initiative purpose

There is a strategic and planned approach to develop whole school wellbeing processes that support the wellbeing of all students so they can connect, succeed, thrive and learn.

  • Internal mechanisms are being bolstered with additional learning support staff, including: Learning and Support Teachers, School Learning Support Officers, Student Support Officer, above establishment Head Teachers in Wellbeing, Teaching and Learning, Secondary Studies and a Community Liaison Officer.
  • External services are being engaged, such as: ‘OnPsych’, an external psychologist, Smith Family, Multi-cultural Services, Workplace Learning, and a uniform shop.


Warrawong High School has engaged with a variety of agencies to develop a school Wellbeing Hub with internal and external support services complementing those provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Implementation timeframe and activities

The twelve-month program includes:

  • enabling student success with the employment of additional support staff to contribute to a positive, supportive and encouraging learning environment
  • supporting teachers in the planning and development of individualised and differentiated teaching and learning programs with appropriate adjustments and accommodations for all students
  • connecting and building access to the University of Wollongong to encourage a learning culture which is aspirational.

Warrawong High School has engaged with a variety of agencies to develop a school Wellbeing Hub with internal and external support services complementing those provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Resources and funding sources

Additional learning support staff includes:

  • Learning and support teachers (LaST) at ($112,118 x 1.8 FTE) = $201,812
  • additional Learning and Support Teachers ($112,118 x 1.2FTE) = $134,542 from Low level adjustment for disability
  • an English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) teacher = $112,118
  • an additional EAL/D teacher 0.6 FTE = $67,271 from Socio-economic background (flexible)
  • an EAL/D teacher ($112,118 x 0.4 FTE) = $44,847, from English language proficiency (staffing)
  • School Learning Support Officers ($68,101 x 2.0) = $136,202, from English language proficiency (flexible)
  • a School Learning Support Officer $68,101 = $68,101 from Socio-economic background (flexible)
  • an above establishment Head Teacher Wellbeing 1.0FTE Higher Duties = $34,780
  • a classroom teacher ($112,118 X 0.2) = $22,424 from Socio-economic background (flexible)
  • a School Administrative Officer to support community liaison at 0.218 FTE = $14,830 from Socio-economic background (flexible)

Total costs: $836,927

Funding sources used
Socio-economic background
English language proficiency
Low level adjustment for disability
Integration funding support

Warrawong High School has engaged with a variety of agencies to develop a school Wellbeing Hub with internal and external support services complementing those provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Evidence of impact


The school culture is increasingly focused on learning.

The building of educational aspiration and ongoing performance improvement throughout the school community as evidenced in the Tell Them from Me (TTFM) data, in particular, the strong advocacy for goal setting and trying their best and a positive learning climate. Most students strongly agreed to feeling connected to their culture while at school.

Increases in early entry to university with attendance at university discovery days and the University Preparation Program supporting this. The school has invested in increased learning support, including the employment of a Head Teacher (HT) Secondary Studies to work alongside the HT Learning Support and HT Teaching and Learning. This additional support has ensured students can access additional support to effectively engage with coursework and assessment tasks. This has contributed to a significant decrease in N warnings; 2018 = 323 compared with 2019 = 162.

Warrawong High School has engaged with a variety of agencies to develop a school Wellbeing Hub with internal and external support services complementing those provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Next steps

The Wellbeing hub initiative will continue in the 2021 - 2024 School Improvement Plan (SIP), within Strategic Direction 3: Personalised Pathways.

Established Improvement measures include:

  • decrease the proportion of students attending less than 80% of the time
  • increased student engagement in meaningful post school destinations including; University, TAFE or employment
  • 50% increase in the number of Aboriginal students attaining the HSC whilst maintaining their cultural identity.

Success criteria:

  • evidence-based wellbeing programs and assessment processes identify, monitor and review individual student learning needs
  • collaboration between parents, students and the community inform and support continuity of learning for all students at transition points
  • attendance data is regularly analysed and personalised approaches are utilised to improve attendance rates for all students
  • Aboriginal students feel a sense of pride, belonging and advocacy from the school in the achievement of goals through their personalised learning pathways.
School executive will conduct termly evaluations on student behaviour and attendance data, whilst the Quality Teaching team will evaluate the integration of differentiated strategies into teaching programs through our curriculum monitoring. Our Learning Support Team will evaluate student post school destination data, interagency support, Tell Them from Me and personal learning and support plans.

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