Month: April 2015

Week One , Term 2

I know a lot of students (and parents/care givers) have enjoyed the school break, and why not, a chance to relax and replenish. But now it is time to push on to get the best grades possible in each subject by completing student work to the best of one’s ability and communicating effectively with teachers.

I am always aware how stressful this time of year is for many people with in our learning community. For students, staff and families this time of year seems to be a bit of a pressure point when it comes to stress and trying to maintain good and positive relationships. Therefore I thought it might a good time to focus on the basics in keeping up good relationships and improving them over time.  This is also a school focus through Restorative Practices and students learning about communication and building and maintaining positive relationships. This can be seen in terms of good connecting habits. These include; listening to others, encouraging others, supporting and caring for others, trusting others, respecting others, accepting others for who they are and where they are and always negotiating agreements made. These relational skills are important to remember when faced with a difficult situation or we are simple feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Research shows that communication of feelings of stress can reduce stress levels significantly. As the saying goes a problem share is a problem halved, especially when people share things using good connecting habits. Interesting physical activity or exercise can also reduce stress greatly. In fact 20 minutes of exercise can reduce feelings of stress for up to four hours.

So the point is life is full of surprises and challenges, so good some not so good and a few really, really bad. But you can check for yourself how you go in maintaining good connecting habits, communicate what makes you feel upset or uncomfortable and go for physical activity to aid stress.

Remember if you are really concerned with the levels of stress of your child, especially if you have seen significance changes in behaviour recently, then contact The Well Being Team through the school and we can talk.

Thanks you for your time,

Peter Norde

School Counsellor

Connecting habits –  Making and keeping good relationships

Listen to others

Encourage others

Support others

Trust others

Respect others

Accept others for who they are

Always negotiate agreements

Disconnecting habits- breaking relationships

Criticising others

Blaming others

Complaining to or about others

Nagging others

Threatening others

Punishing others

Rewarding in an attempt to control others



Resilience and Coping

Everyone faces tough times, and life isn’t always smooth sailing. But it’s how we cope with tough times that shows us how resilient and mentally fit we are. During the beginning of a school term it is normal for students to feel slightly unsettled in friendship groups, classes, timetables and the transition from holiday to school mode. It is important that students have coping strategies to deal with changes and tough situations. If a student is facing a troubling situation it is important they have support in the form of contact with a teacher, parent or counsellor but it is equally important that we teach our students everyday coping strategies to enhance wellbeing and resilience.

Coping pretty much describes all the different things people do to manage and reduce the stress they feel as a result of issues, problems or difficult situations that occur. Everyone experiences different levels of stress, and also have different ways of coping, which is completely fine. There isn’t a ‘right’ way to cope – different strategies work well for different people, depending on their personal strengths and skills. Despite this, some coping strategies are seen as less beneficial, because they reduce stress temporarily, but don’t reduce it in the long run (and often have other bad impacts). Drugs and alcohol are examples of less effective, and sometimes damaging coping strategies.
Positive coping skills are any strategies which people find to reduce stress effectively without future backlash. It is these skills you want to develop to help you manage stressful circumstances.

Everyone has setbacks in life. Problems can crop up when we least expect, and it’s pretty normal for some issues to hang around for a while. This can be particularly the case in situations that aren’t straightforward to fix. Effective coping is great for all sorts of life dramas – whether they’re relatively minor problems, or larger scale disasters.
Examples of life events that require some kind of coping skills include

  • pressures in the workplace
  • exam/study pressures
  • natural disasters – e.g. floods, fires, drought
  • relationship conflict or breakdowns
  • serious illness

How we choose to manage these sorts of situations can have a big impact on the outcome of the situation, as well as the long-term effects on our mental health.

When you use positive coping strategies to deal with stress effectively, you’re able to experience more positive emotions. People with good coping skills tend to be much happier than those who haven’t yet figured out what coping strategies work successfully for them.

Some of the benefits of effective coping are that you:

  • are more motivated
  • are able to push through and successfully tackle challenges
  • are more likely to achieve your goals
  • have better sleeping patterns
  • have better physical health
  • have better relationships

GP Services at Wirreanda

Dr Tri Cao will commence her GP services at Wirreanda every Thursday from Term 2 Week 2

( May 7th 2015 ).

Please start putting names of students or yourselves on the waiting list in the LWC or by emailing me or Helen Nouridis: or

All services are bulk billed through Medicare .

Attached is the paperwork needed to facilitate appointments .

GP services are available to all students and their families


Medicare Bulkbill Future AcknowledgementGP (2)

Learner wellbeing Centre Consent Form

Fundraising for Canberra

Love the Avengers! Dying to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron then your in luck. Wirreanda Secondary School is fundraising for a school project “In Defence of Our Homeland” as a part of the commemoration of the 100 years since Gallipoli. The fundraising event is at the Wallis Cinema’s at Noarlunga on the 24th April at 6:30pm for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tickets are $25.00 dollars and if interested please purchase asap by messaging me (for staff and family of the school, you can purchase from the Finance window), prices include admission to movie and a popcorn and drink.

movie fundraiser