Schools Partnership Minutes 2nd Feb

 Hawkesbury School Partnerships Minutes Feb 2nd – Full Doc

Hawkesbury School Partnerships Meeting
Hawkesbury High School
Thursday 4th February 2016
Meeting Open at 2:00pm


Acknowledgement of Country – Adam MacKenzie

Welcome and Introductions 

Adam MacKenzie – Platform Youth Services
Sarah Vassallo – Bligh Park Community Service
Rohan Smyth – Hawkesbury City Council
Natalie Howell – Windsor High School
Trish Saunders – Richmond High School
Katherine Profilio – Richmond High School
Laura Saunders – Hawkesbury Library
Clarence Bruinsma – Hawkesbury High School
Susie Schwebel – Colo High School
Gabby Iping – Ability Options Employment
Kristen Dale – DHS- Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support
Natalie Haynes – NSW Police – Windsor
Belinda Austin – Dept. Education
Chadwick Spinazza – Headspace Penrith
Hal Simms – Hawkesbury High School
Fiona Keane – Job Quest
Julie Koorey – Youth Frontiers
Debbie Watkins – Uniting Ability Links
Brendan Bennett- NBMLHD – Drug and Alcohol

Business Arising from Last Meeting – Adam MacKenzie

  • School Programs Term 1 and 2
  • Guest Speakers for 2016
  • Homelessness Research

Nominations of Positions – Adam MacKenzie

At the end of 2015 Julia Partington stepped down as Co- Chairperson of the school Partnership meetings and Ailsa Males also stepped down as Secretary. Adam has asked for a reprehensive from one of the schools to step up and take on the position of Co- Chairperson and also some who is interested in taking the position of secretary. If interested please contact Adam Mackenzie or 0403 084 072.

News and Communication

No news or communication

Rohan Smyth – Hawkesbury Council Update

Main project of Hawkesbury Council

Youth summit

    • Anti- bullying program – contacting school re an ongoing bullying program
    • To be launched March 18th 2016 to lead into the ongoing program
    • Info to be emailed out
    • Council would like to assist school further with anti-bullying rather than taking over other programs
    • Performance based programs –
    • RAW – a new program based on rock and water format 8 Week program

Mental health programs

    • Developing discussion with various organisation and would like to gain further contacts re programs

Integrated service support

Forum coming up – March 9th – Positive psychology

Would like to gain more information for the various mental health programs in schools.

Youth Fest 15th March 2016 – Youth week March 8th – 14th  – for youth who would like to put an event at the youth quest. Flyers to be handed out.

Council Library would like to build their communication with schools.

School Programs Term 1 and 2



Chadwick – Headspace – open to offer and run various programs based on new research

ADE- Disability service – running workshop at local library at current. Looking to be based in schools and help youth re employment and work experience. Flexible with programs.

Criteria for students.

Has a nursery available for plants to be accessed.

Strength program

Shine program

National day against bullying and violence.

Natalie Haynes

PACT program – for girls and boys. Disengaging students –

Participation, acknowledgement Commitment, for Transformation.

Jade – Youth frontier

Mentoring programs for youth in Yr 8 & 9

Volunteer mentors

Aim: to work on a community project.

Mentoring to occur during school times.

1hour a week

Group workshops to occur throughout the program

2015 Homelessness Research – Adam MacKenzie

Thank you to all school involved in the 2015 Homelessness research

Hawkesbury High School

Windsor High School

Colo High School

Richmond High School

Also a big thanks you to Julia Partington and Adam Mackenzie and their teams from Hawkesbury Community Outreach and Platform Youth Services.

Please join us for the 2015 Youth Interagency Homeless Event

Youth Interagency Homeless Event

Wednesday 24th

9:00am – 12:00pm

Richmond Gold Club

34 Bourke Street Richmond NSW

RSVP: Julia Partington


Guest Speakers for 2016

Looking for Quest speakers in 2016,

Discussion about guest speakers

  • Tony Dunn – from Rohan. Would like to Tony along to speak.
  • Drug and alcohol service
  • Ability options
  • Chadwick – Headspace
  • Jobquest


Headspace Update – Chadwick Spinazza

Hoping to get an outreach centre in Hawkesbury.

Youth mental health first aid training coming up.

The Pitch – Adam Mackenzie

Platform Youth Services is currently working on a plan to have a mobile drop in space on a Thursday night at Richmond Park; the program will run similar to other programs in Penrith, we are looking for interest from Services or school to get involved, Please contact Adam @ Platform for more information.

In Need of Mentors – Julie – Youth Frontiers

Julie is currently looking for Mentor to help support young people in different areas of life, please contact Julie for more information

Service Updates

Platform Youth Services – HYAP program is still running, a reminder we are offering Accommodation and Outreach Support to young people 12- 16 years, Please contact Platform Youth Services – (02) 47 600 800

Ability Options are running an Employment workshop at Hawkesbury Library, please contact Gabby


Next Meeting

Colo High School

Thursday 3rd March 2016




Meeting Closed 3:12pm

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