Dandenong North Primary School places a great deal of emphasis on supporting students’ welfare and wellbeing, not only at school, but also within the home and the broader community. Whilst all staff members are responsible for and committed to student safety and happiness, there is a designated Student Welfare Teacher to work on more critical and ongoing issues.


Classroom teachers are usually the first point of contact for students. However, teachers or students can refer on to the Student Welfare Teacher for expanded support and advice. Parents too, are encouraged to access support and advice directly through the school’s Student Welfare Teacher.


There is a strong emphasis on the importance of regular student attendance. A key component of the Student Welfare Teacher’s role is to monitor student absences through direct involvement with students and their families. Children are encouraged and rewarded for high levels of attendance each term and for the whole year. Children who achieve 100% attendance receive special recognition and badges which they wear proudly on their uniforms.


Specialist support is provided through an educational psychologist, a speech pathologist, student welfare teachers and counsellors. Anyone wishing to access Student Welfare Teacher services should contact the school for an appointment. This can usually be made at a time to suit you.


Student Welfare Officers

Phil Lodge

Monday - Wednesday

9794 7899


Karene Blachford

Thursday - Friday

9794 7899


Student Safety Officer

Karen Mifsud
9794 7899


New Arrivals Welfare

Jenny McLaughlin

9794 7899