Fort Street High School

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Supporting Our Students

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Wellbeing at Fort Street is for all students. A focus on wellbeing goes beyond the welfare needs of a few individual students and aims for all students to be healthy, happy, successful and productive individuals who are active and positive contributors to the school and society in which they live.

Student Wellbeing

Our Wellbeing program is based on respect: respect for one’s self, respect for others, and respect for the environment. Our aim is to develop the whole school community to attain a sense of perspective, balance and social justice. We believe this will enable students to reach their full potential as global citizens.

The Wellbeing Team

Fort Street emphasises a team approach to student wellbeing and provides counselling, peer support, overnight camps and mentoring as strategies for supporting students’ wellbeing needs. Our wellbeing team is led by the Head Teacher Wellbeing and consists of:

  • Counsellors
  • Year Advisers
  • Deputy Principals
  • Learning Support Staff
  • Student Support Officer

The Year Advisers, School Counsellors and Deputy Principals are key personnel in the welfare team and are available for students needing advice or assistance on any issue. There are also a range of student initiated and student led activities across the school.

Our Learning Centre Support staff provides outstanding support to individual students. The Learning Support Team co-ordinates individual education plans for a wide range of students.

Year Advisers  
Year 12 Ms Jenny Xu
Mr James Wright
Year 11 Mr Gabriel Guy
Ms Melissa Tidon
Year 10 Ms Sarah Wilkins
Ms Jill Ryan
Year 9 Ms Elizabeth Propsting
Mr Joshua Wilkinson
Year 8 Mr Derek Patulney
Ms Helen Thompson
Year 7 Mr David Latimer
Ms Chi Truong
Head Teacher Wellbeing Ms Penelope Starr
School Counsellors Ms Miori Shino
Ms Francesca Christie
Learning Support Ms Jill Ryan
Ms Helen Thompson
Student Support Officer Ms Katie Mann


Fort Street High School has partnered with SchoolTV to give parents clear, fact-based information on challenges such as youth anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and cyberbullying. Each episode of SchoolTV addresses a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, recommended apps and resources. Using information from respected services such as Beyond Blue and Reach Out, parents save time and cut through the clutter by accessing the information they need when they need it.

This month on SchoolTV - Screen Time

As a result of the global pandemic, there has been a noticeable shift in the amount of time people spend on screen-based devices. Families are transitioning back to pre-COVID routines but many are still struggling to re-establish the boundaries and rules around screen use. Some continue to deal with digital conflict and tech-tantrums on a daily basis. The latest research found that 77% of teenagers spend more than five hours on screens per day, but it is important to note that not all screen time is considered equal.

Parents play a crucial role in modelling a positive and healthy approach to using screens and assisting children to navigate the content they watch. It is better to model and mentor screen use, rather than monitor it. Children tend to do more of what they see us do, and less of what we tell them to do. However, it is still important to outline the risks and highlight the benefits of screen use to ensure you keep a balanced attitude. Encourage discussions around the issues that people experience in monitoring their screen time and be honest about your own difficulties.

Parents need to remain firm in their approach to managing screen time. Excessive screen time can be detrimental to a child’s overall wellbeing. Ensuring the correct privacy settings are in place is vital to prevent children from being inadvertently exposed to inappropriate content or online predators. Parents need to also be mindful of the potential impact screen time can have on a child’s social, emotional, educational, behavioural, and even physical domains.

In this edition of SchoolTV, care-givers will be provided with a range of guidelines and strategies to help manage screen time at home. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to this month's edition

Or View FSHS on SchoolTV by clicking on the image below.

Wellbeing Roadmap

We have structured programs as well as individual, group and whole year meetings to enable our dedicated wellbeing team to provide guidance, support and leadership to every student throughout their journey at FSHS.

Aboriginal student support

We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students to help them be successful learners.

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and carers, as well as community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.

The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Multicultural education

Our school welcomes students, families and community members from all cultural backgrounds. We appreciate difference and diversity and aim to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive environment that benefits all students.

Our teaching and learning programs develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. Our school fosters student wellbeing and community harmony by implementing anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies that encourage engagement by parents and carers from all backgrounds.

The Multicultural Education Policy outlines the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.

The Anti-Racism Policy confirms the department’s commitment to rejecting all forms of racial discrimination in NSW public schools and eliminating expressions of racism in its learning and working environments.

For more information refer to:

Supporting English language learners

Learning English is essential for success at school and effective participation in Australian society. We can provide specialist support to help students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).

For more information refer to: EAL/D education.

Supporting refugee students

Schools offer safety, support and security to help refugee students adjust to life in Australia and participate successfully in education. Targeted support strategies are provided to assist refugee students in NSW public schools.

For more information refer to: Supporting refugee students.

Find out more about Learning Support at Fort Sreet here.


Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in NSW schools.

The NSW anti-bullying website brings together information and resources for teachers, students, parents and carers. It helps to identify, prevent and respond effectively to student bullying, including online bullying. It provides information about online safety and what you can do if your child has been bullied, witnessed bullying or been involved in bullying.

For more information on anti-bullying strategies for NSW public schools refer to the department’s Bullying of Students – Prevention and Response Policy.

For information on racial bullying and anti-racism education for NSW public schools refer to:

Student leadership

Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.

Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.

For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools visit Student voice and leadership.

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