We recognise that parents are the primary educators of their children and that our partnership with families is central to the wellbeing and learning of our students. The challenges of parenting are complex, and we encourage families to maintain active communication with our teachers and support staff.
Below is a selection of just some of the valuable local and online resources available to families.
Teenagers need their parents more than at any other stage. Michael Grose, author of 9 parenting books and parenting newspaper columns, has some useful ideas for parents of teenagers.
An Education Department resource which aims to strengthen prevention and empower students, parents and school staff to reduce the incidence of bullying.
Parties should be fun and safe. Young people who are well informed on the possible hazards of risky behaviour are less likely to put themselves and their friends at risk.
Victoria Police’s Partysafe Program focusses on minimising risks to safety at parties so that hosts and their guests can stay safe and have fun. The program also allows you to register your party with the police online or at your local police station.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg works as the Managing Director of The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre established by the Australian Government Initiative administered by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. He is a nationally registered child and adolescent psychologist working in private practice in Melbourne. With a strong background in adolescent mental health, technology and education, Michael’s website is a valuable resource for parents and educators.
Andrew Fuller is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the wellbeing of young people and their families. His website is a practical resource for parents, students, schools and mental health professionals.
A well researched booklet containing strategies relating to diverse adolescent issues
Department of Education and Training statewide telephone counselling service to parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years. Site also includes links to other resources. 13 22 89 - 8am to midnight 7 days a week.
Free and confidential telephone, web and email counselling service for children aged 5 - 18 years.
"We care and we listen, any time and for any reason 1800 55 1800"
Australian government website providing access to information about family relationship issues (ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution) and family support services.
Nillumbik Community Health Service booklets prepared in response to young people deliberately hurting themselves
Online parenting resource focussing on protecting children's mental health and preventing alcohol misuse.
The web-site of high profile Parent Educator, Michael Grose
Parenting education magazine written by Michael Grose, parent educators and professionals working with parents and children. Range of topics relevant to children and adolescents.
Providing resources and support for parents and professionals who are facing challenges or wanting to learn about children and parenting.
Online youth service directory which can accessed by young people, families, schools and community agencies in the areas of Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges.
Online learning courses for parents and carers: Building resilience in young people, Navigating teenage depression.
A resource supporting parents and carers by providing information that can help parents with the day-to-day decisions of raising children, and to also help parents and carers look after their own needs. It has the support of the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Assistance with anxiety or depression
Depression and anxiety support service - 1300 224 636 or webchat (4:00 – 10:00pm)
Crisis support and suicide prevention service 13 11 14 (24 hours)
Online youth mental health service supporting young people in the areas of identity, bullying, violence and mental health issues
The Butterfly Foundation works towards bringing about changes in the prevention, treatment and support for those affected by eating disorders and negative body image. Services include workshops for young people and parents, support services and publications.
Web and app based program of modern meditation for young people.
Inspiro Yarra Ranges Community Health Services and Centre for Sexual Assault
Lilydale: 9738 8801 & Belgrave: 9738 8801
Knox Community Health Service
Services to support mental, physical and social wellbeing for Knox residents, Ferntree Gully: 9757 6200
Eastern Access Community Health (EACH)
Services to support mental, physical and social wellbeing for individuals, families and communities located in a range of Eastern suburbs: 1300 003 224 or 9871 1800
Yarra Ranges Youth Services
Services to support young people, aged 12 – 25 years, who live, work or study in the Shire of Yarra Ranges: 9294 6716
Information, referral support and programs for young people aged 10 - 25 years and their families. The YIC is located at Knox Ozone
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner site providing information for families. Key areas include eSafety issues; games, apps and social networking; iParent and eSafetyWomen
Courtesy of Ivanhoe Grammar School, endorsed by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, current issues and strategies
Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and the simple steps than can be taken to protect personal and financial information online.
Site includes links to other websites, contact details for support agencies and tabs for tips and resources regarding mobile devices, identity, social media, kids and teens, scams and more.