Counselling team

Shelford employs three Psychologists who provide counselling to students from Prep to Year 12. The Psychologists liaise with the School Executive and work closely with each student's classroom teacher in the Junior School and Year Level Coordinator in the Senior School.

Our Psychologists administer appropriate testing and assessments of students and make recommendations in the subsequent reports. They also work closely with the Learning Enhancement staff regarding strategies to support the specific needs of students.

Meet our Psychologists

Acknowledging that one in seven people aged 4 to 17 experience a mental health condition in any given year and that over half of lifelong mental health problems begin before the age of 14, Shelford’s psychologists Mel McInneny (above left), Jacqui Green (above centre) and Judy McKay (above right) are aware of the critical importance their work.

'There is constant renegotiation of relationships with friends and family during your school years', Jacqui explains.

Mel agrees. 'Mental health issues are so common in these years of enormous change.'

‘We hope to assist the students in navigating these changes to promote positive mental health outcomes,’ adds Judy.

Jacqui, Mel and Judy support all students across the Junior and Senior Schools. They work collaboratively to ensure every Shelford student receives the psychological support they need. At all times, one psychologist is onsite.

Mel, Jacqui and Judy agree 'it is okay to not be okay', and want Shelford students and their parents to know they are never alone. The mental wellbeing of students is a priority for our school.

School Nurse

Anna Noonan is our School Nurse. With over 20 years’ experience as a hospital nurse and having worked for five years as the School Nurse at Malvern Primary School and in the boarding house at Wesley College, Anna developed an interest in adolescent health and moved to Shelford at the start of 2018.

Anna’s work at Shelford is as diverse as our student population. Alongside providing ice-packs and band-aids to soothe playground bumps and scrapes, managing the health of our students with anaphylaxis and asthma and attending to the odd sprained ankle on the Sports Field, Anna also works closely with our school psychologists to provide comprehensive mental health support.

Anna’s manner with the girls is gentle, kind and maternal. She has a reputation for bringing calm into stressful situations, getting students the help they need.