Month: August 2017

Be Bold Body Image Workshop

Friday the 28th of July, saw the first Be Bold Body Image Workshop offered to our year 8 and 9 girls on behalf of Centacare Family Services.

The facilitators from Centacare along with the assistance of Eliza Farrell our Re-engage youth worker,  guided the group of young women through the ins and outs of the importance of self-esteem, how media and people in our lives influence body image and the harm of their expectations on us.

Students were shown how social media can be used to set unrealistic expectations, through manipulated images, Photoshop and models posing in particular way to enhance images.

A number of students left the session with a clearer understanding of “the norm” and stepped out of their comfort zones sharing stories with the group about  times when they have felt  “not good enough” about their bodies.

Some student feedback:

“It brought me out of my comfort zone and made me realise other people feel the same way. We are made a certain way, that way is just for you and that’s okay”.

Below is an outline of what information is being delivered in sessions :

Session 1: Body image and media

-Why body image is important to self-esteem

-How professional and social media influence body image

-How media images are manipulated and unrealistic

-Why comparison is unhelpful and contributes to poor body image and low self-esteem

Session 2: Redefining beauty and developing a healthy focus

-How beauty is defined by culture and over time

-What makes someone beautiful – not just appearance

-Why dieting is unhelpful

-How to focus on health rather than appearance

Session 3: Self-esteem and resilience

-Why self-esteem is important

-How to practice self-acceptance

-How to challenge negative self-talk and develop positive self-talk

-How to develop resilience and self-confidence



Jamie Maniero – Student Counsellor

White Ribbon Ambassador

Positive Behaviours and Respectful Relationships


Naidoc Week at Wirreanda Secondary School

This years NAIDOC Week theme was “Our Languages Matter” and the week ran from the 2nd – 9th of July.

This year’s theme hoped to emphasise and celebrate the unique and crucial role that Indigenous languages play in celebrating cultural identity, linking people to their land, their water and in the communication of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through dreamtime stories and songs.

We collaborated with colleagues in the school’s Learning Hub to show documentaries and display books containing Indigenous Aboriginal art, poems, language and dreamtime stories for students to look at during their break times. Students were also involved in a video that was created in celebration of NAIDOC Week – during which, they spoke Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri words that hold significance to them.

We also introduced a ‘Kaurna Word of the Day’, whereby teachers had the opportunity to go through the chosen words with students and explain the meanings of these words. We played Indigenous Aboriginal music, showed a number of movies, including The Sapphires in the Nunga Room throughout recess time and also a short documentary starring Stan Grant.  Antony Yates was kind enough to present to other staff members at our term Teach Meet, regarding utilising cultural perspectives in the classroom and helped to show how to do this.

We are beyond happy that, as a school cohort, we were able to celebrate the importance of Indigenous languages, art, culture and achievements from throughout time.

Ngaityalya Nakotha,

Makayla Kadow- ASETO
Link to our NAIDOC Week Video:  

Parents in Education week 2017

Parents in education week

Parents in Education week promotes and highlights the importance of parents being engaged in their child’s learning and education from birth through school, and to provide practical advice for parents on how to support their child’s learning.

In 2017 Parents in Education week will be held from Monday 18 to Friday 22 September.

View the map of event locations and partnerships.

Register to participate by clicking on the session topics of your choice in the program below. All events are free.


This year a 3-day speakers program will be delivered each evening from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 September. The Minister for Education and Child Development will chair a panel, and keynote speakers will present at the Star Room, Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Program session Date Speakers
An evening with Minister Susan Close and guests discussing the 21st Century child 19 September 2017
7.00pm to 8.45pm
Dr Kristin Alford
Niki Buchan
Jodie Benveniste
Unlocking your child’s potential and learning through strength-based parenting” 20 September 2017
7.00pm to 8.45pm
Professor Lea Waters
9 Ways to a Resilient Child 21 September 2017
7.00pm to 8.45pm
Dr Justin Coulson



Teresa Bruno

Senior Leader-Learner  Wellbeing

Resilience Workshops

In term 2 a four week workshop was conducted with some year 8 students to educate them on anxiety management & resilience skills.

The group was a confidential & safe space for them to express their thoughts & feelings in a verbal & creative manner. The work shop consisted of a number of discussions & activities based around positive psychology, mindfulness, gratitude, values, emotions & feelings reflection.

The students involved were encouraged to discuss & express their understanding of how to manage anxiety & were given strategies to improve their resilience.

This workshop resulted with a positive outcome, with students reporting back that they found it beneficial & would be interested in continuing similar workshops in the future.

Thank you to all those who participated & who were involved in planning & delivering the workshop.

Rebecca & Maria

ACAP student Counsellors.