Wellbeing Team

Wren, Alexandra

Alex Wren

Leading Teacher - Wellbeing

Mon - Fri

Naidoo, Porshian

Porsh Naidoo

Speech Pathologist

Mon - Fri

Doyle, Stephanie

Stephanie Doyle

Speech Pathologist

Tues - Wed

Van Den Broeck, Patricia

Patricia van den Broeck

Social Worker

Mon - Fri

Wood, Julia

Julia Wood

Education Support Officer

Tues - Fri


At Truganina South Primary School

Student resilience and Wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development, and are optimised by safe, supportive and respectful learning environments. Schools share this responsibility with the whole community. In 2020, we have created a Wellbeing Team to collaborate with teachers and families to support our students holistically. Our team includes the Principal Class, Leading Teacher – Wellbeing, Speech Pathologists, Social Worker and an Education Support Officer. We have created a welcoming space for students to feel safe and calm within the Wellbeing Hub.

We run a number of initiatives, programs and services throughout the year including a six week parent training program called Tuning Into Kids that Patricia, Porsh and Alex are certified to run. See Compass for details on when the next program will be held.

A key focus of the Wellbeing team is Social Thinking. Social Thinking focuses on helping children figure out how to think in social situations. Children are taught to observe and think about their own and others' thoughts and feelings. They also learn the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This in turn helps to promote better engagement, conflict resolution and relationships which leads to greater wellbeing. We are starting to run groups with students this year.

Our Social Worker and Leading Teacher – Wellbeing support our students and families experiencing hardships and work with teachers to create a calm, safe and nurturing environment at school. They run small groups focusing on Resilience and Mindfulness..

Our Speech Pathology service at school provides:

  • Assessment and strategies for students with speech, language and learning difficulties at school
  • The Language Comprehension Program which supports the development of oral and narrative language in our students across Foundation to Year 6
  • Literacy support in the early years
  • Collaboration with teachers to create communication and language rich classrooms.