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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. 


Sharlene has been part of the  Student Wellbeing team  at RSC for the past 16 years, coming from an extensive background of working with young people and their families, including homelessness, mental health, parenting and education. She is passionate about her work, drawing on a strength based approach, where students are valued, encouraged and provided with pathways to stay connected to their education and employment opportunities. Her approachable manner and excellent problem solving skills enable students and their families to explore ways in which students are able to remain connected and maximize their potential. Sharlene values seeing students grow and learn in the positive and supportive environment that Ringwood Secondary College provides.

Sharlene Hetherington


Karen Hallam

Karen Hallam is one of the RSC Student Wellbeing Coordinators and works across both the Wellbeing and Careers teams. Karen has been employed at RSC for 12 years and loves the variety of her numerous roles. Karen has a range of experience spanning over 20 years from working in crisis homelessness services, to supporting high risk adolescents as well as experience working with long term unemployed adults in her own consultancy business.  Karen holds a degree in Youth Affairs as well as her qualification in Career Education and Development. Karen is keen to provide support and information to young people in order to enable them to navigate systems and prepare themselves for a successful and fulfilling life where they can flourish.

Emily Collett

Emily joined the team at RSC in 2022 as the new Mental Health Practitioner. Emily is an outgoing and dedicated Occupational Therapist, with a background of working with young people in both clinical and community based mental health settings. Emily has skills in case management, individual counselling, client advocacy, crisis intervention and group work. Emily is passionate about supporting students and their families to have a positive and meaningful school experience and is so grateful to be part of the Wellbeing team at RSC.

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Jen is very excited to join the team as a part-time Chaplain. She has been a teacher for many years and brings a genuine warmth and high regard for students and their families. Jen believes strongly in the potential of every student to be the best version of themselves. She particularly enjoys chatting to the students during their day and runs a lunchtime club for the Year 8 girls. A special highlight of her week is the breakfast club which meets every Wednesday morning. 

Jen Farmilo

Adam Bryant

Adam Bryant has been a College Chaplain for the past 14 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.  With the help of volunteers Adam runs lunchtime programs which assist students in feeling connected to the college community and helps to build further connections with their peers and staff. 

Georgina Tangey

Georgina is thrilled to be returning to Ringwood Secondary College as part of the wonderful wellbeing team. In the past, she has worked with wellbeing as an intern and as a replacement for staff on long service leave. In her previous career Georgina was a VCE Chemistry teacher who enjoyed supporting students to reach their educational goals. Georgina looks forward to working with students to discover their strengths and develop goals and action plans that align with their values

Kerrie HAUsler

Kerrie is a Registered Nurse and has been at Ringwood for the last 7 years.

She comes from a background of hospital nursing in acute settings for over 20yrs.

Outside of work Kerrie also teaches first aid courses and is a football trainer.

She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of the students at Ringwood.

Ben Montfort

Ben loves being a part of the Wellbeing team at and is passionate about working and advocating for young people at RSC. Ben has a background working with young people over many years.  Such areas include Youth Services, Youth Residential Care, Mental Health Services and as a Support Worker. During this time Ben has gained valuable experience working with young people at risk across a number of areas including mental health, homelessness, drug and alcohol, crisis work and behavioural support.  Ben also has experience working in the classroom as an education support worker. Ben loves sport and is a passionate Hawthorn supporter so he goes to as many games of footy as he can. 

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