Principal's Report

Welcome back to another busy and positive term together of learning – Term 2, 2017.


Last week I was delighted to host a major launch of a new program which aims to support young people who might be managing an eating disorder, (along with the other myriad pressures of being a teenager in our world, 2017) as well as supporting their teachers to be better equipped to notice the signs and understand how to respond. The program is called Food for Thought and it’s been developed by the reputable headspace organisation.


The launch was officiated by the Victorian Minister for Mental Health, Mr Martin Foley. It was great to have the Minister for Mental Health here at our school and to take the opportunity to showcase all that’s great about being at BPC.


Along with the Minister, we hosted approximately 60 other guests, including Professor Patrick McGorry, Local MP Ben Carroll, staff from the Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders Victoria, Catholic Education Melbourne, the Department of Education and Training and working group members – as well as family and friends supporting one of our wonderful ex-students, Isla Milne.


Isla is a former student of Buckley Park College who has lived experience of anorexia nervosa. She bravely shared her story at the launch and did an incredible job. So many people commented on how significant it was to hear her story and the impact it had on them. Isla said she was hopeful that her story could help other young girls and boys and appreciated being part of the project in this way. It was very special for us to welcome her back into the school to tell her story.


Channel 9 covered the launch at the invitation of headspace and it was very exciting to see such a positive news story feature our community and our school. The place looked great on the evening news!


Buckley Park College is proud to be associated with the Food for Thought project and we’re proud to have worked collaboratively with various teams at headspace, in many ways, across many years. I’ve already received such positive feedback from our teachers who have taken part in the training provided and I’m confident that the close involvement of schools in Food for Thought will now in turn provide more tailored and more effective support for young people in need.


That’s great for us at BPC and great for the community more broadly.


We’re very proud of the positive, restorative and student-centred culture of wellbeing that together we’ve nurtured at Buckley Park. We esteem the wellbeing of our students, as highly as we do their learning outcomes. It’s our view that as well as being teachers of English, Maths, etc we too are teachers of wellbeing. Our participation in this launch shows again that our commitment to building resilience and a genuine sense of positive wellbeing for our students is real indeed.


Nathan Chisholm


Watch the Nine News Melbourne video reporting the program