Sue Cahill

Student Wellbeing Leader at St. Charles Borromeo Primary school

Career highlightsSue Cahill

Sue is a tireless worker on behalf of students' wellbeing and has wide and deep experience in this field. Sue chaired the former Manningham Youth and Family Services Board, is on the School Focused Youth Services reference group and the Supporting Kids in Primary Schools reference group. She is also a Doncare board member. Sue's school was the first eSmart school: the attainment of eSmart status was accelerated by the rich work St Charles Borromeo had already undertaken in student wellbeing. Sue leads the Student Wellbeing Leader's cluster for the Catholic Education Office in the Eastern Region.

Question and answer

Why is the issue of bullying of particular interest to you?

In my role as Student Wellbeing Leader I have first-hand experience of the devastating outcomes that any form of bullying can have. The result of bullying impacts on all involved and beyond: the victim, the bully, the bystanders, their friends and family. I am particularly interested in skilling up the bystanders in any bullying situation as I believe they have the power to make the difference. The cyberbullying that is occurring out of school is on the increase and I believe as a community we need to work with all involved to understand the impact this is having on our young people.

Where do you believe you have made a difference in your field?

I hope I have made a difference by providing safe, supportive and caring environments for young people. I work hard to strengthen our family-school partnerships so we are working together for our children. I hope my engagement in research, networks and committees have provided me the opportunity to speak out about the impact bullying has on everyone.

How has your area of expertise helped you to contribute to NCAB over the years?

I have attended and presented at NCAB conferences. I have worked very closely with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation on their Better Buddies and eSmart programs. I bring my colleagues in Student Wellbeing up-to-date with all NCAB events and publications and hopefully I bring the school perspective to NCAB.

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