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We are in the process of finalising the figures and itinerary for our trip to Japan this year.  The ten day tour commences Tuesday 19 September (last week of term 3) and concludes Thursday 28 September (first week of holidays). 


We visit Kyoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo with highlights being Ghibli Museum, Disneyland, Sky Tree and Asakusa.  We are fortunate to have two nights homestay and a school visit in Shizuoka.


This trip is open for Year 9 to 12 students.  If you have any queries please contact Lyn Ellery 5479 1111 or ellery.lynnette.f@edumail.vic.gov.au


Year 8 students to learn to help a friend experiencing mental health problems

In term 1 a new and innovative program is being trialled here at Castlemaine Secondary College. The teen Mental Health First Aid Program (tMHFA) will run over three weeks in March (the 2nd, 9th and 16th). This practical and informative program will teach students about mental health problems and how they can help a friend who is experiencing mental health problems, with the key action being enlisting the help of a trusted adult. Because this is a new program Mental Health First Aid Australia is evaluating the effectiveness of this program and students will be asked to complete surveys before and after the course.


Key dates:

Tues, Jan 31, 9:15am – Teacher information session

Wed, Feb 1, 9am-4pm – Parent information table at the Mentor Day

Friday, Feb 10, 9am – Student information session

Thursday, March 2, 9 and 16 – tMHFA course


An information sheet is attached. If you have questions about the tMHFA course or the research evaluation you can contact Dr Kathy Bond (kathybond@mhfa.com.au).

Teen Mental Health


teen Mental Health First Aid for students in Years 7-9 Information for Parents and Guardians 


About the project The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA), are conducting research on a new skills-based program, called teen Mental Health First Aid for students in Years 7-9 (abbreviated to tMHFA). The project involves presenting tMHFA in schools to Year 8 students, with the aim of evaluating the course content and materials to ensure it is effective and enjoyable for students. The training component has been embedded into the school’s curriculum, while the evaluation (research) component is not part of the curriculum and is additional to the training.