Ringwood Secondary College (RSC) is guided by 'Positive Education' principles (Pos Ed) with the aim of allowing our students to flourish. The wellbeing team is committed to implementing and embedding Pos. Ed. initiatives through the programs we offer. For more information on Pos. Ed. click here: Positive Education or Positive Education youtube


The RSC Wellbeing website is designed to provide families and students with the resources they need to deal with difficult situations as they arise. The website collates the best possible wellbeing resources on an easily accessible platform.

Wellbeing Team

Ringwood Secondary College (RSC) has a highly committed team of professionals who work together to ensure the best outcomes for our community members. 

My philosophy is underpinned by the belief that by identifying, and mitigating, key barriers to young people being engaged and connected to education, or meaningful employment pathways, we are able to maximise the learning potential of every child. By using a framework of competency cycle rather than a deficit cycle we promote positive expectations, opportunities and valued experiences that lead to improvements in the outcomes and lives of children and young people.

Sharlene Hetherington

Karen Hallam

Karen Hallam is the College Social Worker and works across both the Wellbeing and Careers teams. Karen has been employed at RSC for 8 years and loves the variety of her job. Karen has a range of experience spanning over 20 years from working in homelessness services, to supporting high risk adolescents as well as experience working with long term unemployed adults.  Karen is keen to provide the necessary support and information to young people to enable them to navigate systems and prepare themselves for a successful and fulfilling life where they can flourish.

Ms Julia Nordlinger is a professional Social Worker with a Post Graduate degree in 'Clinical Social Work' from San Francisco USA.  Julia has worked in many settings both in Melbourne and overseas but enjoys working in schools more than anything else!  Julia offers counselling and support to many students and parents, and oversees the school program for students with disabilities. Julia is also involved in special wellbeing days for students, mental health training sessions for teachers, and facilitating special projects such as the RSC STANDOUT Group. Julia is in her 10th year at Ringwood Secondary College and can’t imagine ever working anywhere else. 

Julia Nordlinger 

Adam Bryant has been the College Chaplain for the past 9 years.  Adam can often be found on the basketball court, at school camps, hanging out at the breakfast club and playing downball on the quadrangle - all with the intention of developing positive connections with students. 

Adam Bryant

Gail Ackroyd

Gail is the newest member of the Wellbeing Team, working for the past two years as a Chaplain. Gail loves her role at the school which includes running mindfulness groups,  working one on one with students and parents, hanging out at Breakfast club, assisting with mentoring programs, running the Social justice group and looking for opportunities to connect students with the local community. Gail loves supporting and encouraging students to build resilience and hope for the future.

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