Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said students’ wellbeing was one of the key factors influencing their education outcomes as he opened the Maam Darruyaygamba – Wellbeing Hub at Bishop Druitt College.

The facility will help hundreds of students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and was built with assistance from a $10,000 Australian Government grant.

“More and more schools are realising the benefits of incorporating wellbeing centres and principles at school,” Mr Conaghan said.

“If a child is nurtured and well, they are more engaged while at school and are better able to learn.

“Our Government has invested $10,000 here, plus a total of $40,066 in other wellness initiatives at another three schools across the electorate of Cowper through the Local Schools Community Fund.

“We promised to provide better opportunities for students and these wellbeing initiatives are one way we are helping schools to do that.”

The BDC Wellbeing Hub is a centre where students can mix with key staff supporting their wellbeing. School chaplains, a clinical family therapist and a school psychologist work with the Director of Student Wellbeing to provide a wide variety of counselling and support services as well as group programs for students.

BDC Principal Nick Johnstone said the Wellbeing Hub would help both students and the Coffs Harbour community as well.

“Student wellbeing is our first priority at BDC and research shows students with high levels of wellbeing tend to have better academic and life outcomes, in school and beyond,” he said.

“The Wellbeing Hub will also provide a place for our indigenous Goori groups to meet as well as other groups. I thank the Commonwealth Government for its investment in these types of front line programs.”

Bryant McKinnon Lawyers and McGrath Real Estate sponsored the BDC Wellbeing Hub.

Other schools on the Coffs Coast receiving Local Schools Community Fund grants include: St Augustine’s Primary School – $4600 for a playground climbing wall; Mary Help of Christians Primary School at Sawtell – $11,218 for sun protection; and Raleigh Public School – $1952 for a portable digital piano.