Wellbeing and Pastoral Care Update
Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 students will participate in relationships education delivered by Real Talk as part of curriculum and pastoral programs throughout Term 3. Underpinned by Catholic Christian values, Real Talk is an organisation that presents on the topics of sex, relationships and personal identity. The programs are age-appropriate and dynamic and empower young men and women to make positive choices that show respect for others and for themselves.
Later this term, all students in Years 10 to 12 will participate in age-specific Encounter Youth seminars. Encounter Youth is the largest provider of alcohol and other drug education to South Australian secondary schools, and its research-based content is aligned to the Australian Curriculum. The Year 10 presentation focuses on statistics, facts, and risks around alcohol consumption and provides the opportunity for young people to consider their own beliefs around drinking and compare these to young people Australia-wide. The Year 11 presentation focuses on safety when celebrating, examines the factors that make individuals more vulnerable in social situations that include alcohol, and looks at the responsibilities one can take charge of to keep themselves and their friends safe. As Year 12s approach adulthood, this presentation discusses the transition to adulthood and all the new responsibilities that this entails, including social responsibility, alcohol and the law, and party fights. Encounter Youth will also lead a staff professional learning session prior to these presentations.
Year 9 Wellbeing Day
Several wellbeing initiatives held in Pastoral Care lessons culminated in a Year 9 Wellbeing Day at the end of last term. The day focused on the various aspects of wellbeing – body, mind and spirit − that contribute to our overall wellbeing and provided students with practical experience in activities such as martial arts workout, boot camp, meditation, and yoga.
Blue Week was held in Week 3. It is a student run initiative which highlights the work of Beyond Blue and other Mental Health Organisations in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. Students held mindful colouring sessions, a meditation in the chapel, a casual day and the annual Year 12 Breakfast.
Mr Rob Passaniti
Director of Student Wellbeing