Wellbeing, Disability and Inclusion

What a wonderful time we have had in Wellbeing

Welcome to our new Chaplain Menallie Slusher

In her own words –   

Hi I’m Menallie (not to be confused with Melanie) and I’m the new Chaplain!   

You will find me in the L block Tuesdays and Fridays.

I have the cutest dog in the world and her name is Rosie. During my free time you will find me reading or watching YouTube or spending time with my friends.  I love the musical SIX and will listen to the soundtrack to get me pumped up. I spend my holidays volunteering on camps where I run games and will spend time with campers.

I am so excited to be a part of Emerald and its community. Come and say Hi to me when I am in!


The theme for this years Reconciliation Week is “Be a Voice for Generations”  This theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconcilliation where we live, work and play.

Cardinia Shire Council hosted a Reconciliation Week event on Tuesday. The event included a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony, storytelling by a local Wurundjeri man with didgeridoo performance and activities.  Two of our students spoke about what Reconciliation means to them and our school.  The aim of the event was to provide an opportunity to bring people together to build stronger relationships between Indigenous children, young people and families with Council and other non-indigenous community members.

  • I felt happy to be there and I loved the smoke from the leaves. It was amazing seeing all the cool art, people have put a lot of effort into making them – Kiarna
  • I really enjoyed going to the reconciliation celebration at Emerald Hub on Tuesday. I got a lot out of it. – Kalana


We were very lucky to have Red Cymbal come to ESC to run a drum shed session.

Drum sheds bring young people together to jam, learn from each other, share ideas and hang out in a friendly environment.   Three drum kits and a bass guitar were available for students to “jam”.

We’ll set up multiple drum kits and percussion instruments for students to jam on, no matter their musical tastes or abilities. It was a fun hour inspiring people to play music and participate in a friendly positive event.

There are a lot of research studies that suggest strong links between the development of positive mental health and making music/jamming.

  • The drumming was super fun, I loved it  – Jesse
  • It was fun – Jeremy


On Tuesdays, our new Chaplain Menallie runs a lunch time fun program – Lots of games – Everyone is welcome. The favourite game this week was Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza.

  • It was fun spending time with my peers and getting to play games with them – Izzy

Felicity Wooden – Wellbeing Co-ordinator


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