Student Health & Wellbeing

Student Health 

St Brendan’s is a sun safe school. Hats are required for all outdoor activities and the procedure of “No Hat – No Play” applies. Parents are responsible for supplying sunscreens for application by children prior to sport activities.


No medical treatment is permitted in the school except First Aid. This is an immediate, temporary measure given in case of accident. After the emergency has been met, responsibility rests with the parent who will be immediately contacted. The school's obligation extends to placing the injured person in the care of those responsible for the student. Please ensure your telephone number, address and emergency contact are kept up to date at the office.


Unless otherwise directed by parents or in the event that parents are unable to be contacted, children with serious injuries or illnesses will be transported by ambulance to the Mackay Base Hospital.


Prescribed Medication will be administered as directed by the child’s doctor or as set out on the original label by the pharmacist. Where children are required to take medication a ‘Letter of Authorisation’ must be completed. Panadol, or any other non-prescription medicine, cannot be administered under any circumstance, unless fully labelled and authorised.

Please Note: We cannot administer the 1st dose of any medication.

Any medication to be administered must be taken to the office by a parent to be kept in a secure area. Only office staff or leadership team members can administer medication.


The following are Queensland Health Regulations relating to school exclusion requirements for infectious diseases.  Please refer to the Recommended Exclusion Periods for Infectious Conditions produced by Queensland Health for full details.


Exclude until fully recovered or at least 5 days after the eruption first appears. Note:- some remaining scabs are not an indication for continued exclusion.


Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased.


Exclude until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery but not before 7 days after the onset of jaundice.

IMPETIGO (School Sores)

Exclude until appropriate treatment has been commenced and sores on exposed surfaces are covered with dressings.


Should be excluded for at least seven days from the appearance of rash or until a medical certificate of recovery is produced.


Exclude for at least 9 days after onset of symptoms.


Should be excluded until appropriate medical treatment and a medical certificate of recovery is given.


Should be excluded for at least 7 days from the appearance of the rash or until a medical certificate of recovery is produced.


Should be excluded while lice are present; may return to school when existing eggs have been treated with special shampoo from the chemist


Should be excluded for four weeks unless a medical certificate is produced.


Exclude until diarrhea has ceased.


Exclude while lesion is weeping


Exclude until well.


Student Wellbeing

A new integrated program titled ‘Health & Wellbeing’ has been introduced at St Brendan’s in 2020. Each class will participate in one 90 minute session every fortnight.

Our program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to

  1. Be healthier, happier and more resilient by improving their health, mindfulness, empathy and gratitude.
  2. Approach life with greater appreciation, wonder and awe and to seek happiness and spread happiness to others.
  3. Develop respectful relationships.
  4. Learn strategies for coping when things don’t go their way, or life gets hard.
  5. Be tolerant, respectful and compassionate and to seek to make a real difference in the world.
  6. Look after their own personal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, and that of others.
  7. Walk around with their ‘eyes wide open’ to the world around them.
  8. Find GOOD in each and every day - even in the smallest of things.
  9. Develop a loving relationship with God, that allows them to experience God’s blessings with faith, hope and love.
  10. Build a sense of connectedness, community and belonging - ‘Ubuntu’

The Health and Wellbeing teachers are: Mrs Shaye Gaviglio and Mrs Hayley Apelt

Responsible Thinking Program (RTP)

At St Brendan’s there is a consistent whole school use of the Responsible Thinking Program. This program involves clear and consistent routines and guidelines for behaviour. Students are encouraged to take full responsibility for the choices they make and for their behaviour. This program is founded on respect for others and their right to work and learn in a positive and safe learning environment. Behaviours that negatively affect the safety of others and their learning will not be tolerated.