Month: November 2017

Positive Education Day-Respectful Relationships

On behalf of the Respectful Relationships Focus Group and the Wellbeing Team, I would like to thank all the guest speakers and community groups for making today such a positive day.

Today, Wirreanda Secondary School conducted a whole day of focus and awareness around resilience, respectful relationships, conflict resolution strategies and mindfulness to help raise awareness around Respectful Relationships and to support White Ribbon Day.

This has included:

  • Targeted workshop sessions with the objective of raising  awareness around Respectful Relationships.
  • Fostering a sense of belonging within our community.
  • Facilitating learning programs that focus on responsibility to connect with, and care for others to boost confidence.

The long term outcome of these sessions as part of White Ribbon Day is to continue to develop skills and knowledge in resilience, respectful relationships, and conflict resolution strategies. We hope that this will aid in enhancing our interactions with our school community, and develop meaningful life-skills for our students. Wirreanda Secondary School has committed to the White Ribbon: “Breaking the Silence” schools programs as part of the primary prevention of violence against women. We recognise that the primary prevention of violence against women is an important first step to use an educational setting as a platform to raise awareness and build a culture of respectful relationships.
Our lunchtime community event showcased our school’s commitment and awareness of White Ribbon Day. Our students had access to a live DJ, activities from the Onkaparinga Council, henna tattoo artists, a staff vs student Netball event and and a visit from Port Adelaide Football Club. We also held a donation drive to assist St Vincent de Paul with donations for their Women’s Shelter. Again – Wirreanda demonstrated its commitment to helping others in our community.

Throughout the year, we have actively celebrated the diversity of our school community and promoted positive wellbeing strategies to all students and staff. Events such as today are the embodiment of our safe school policy, inclusivity strategies and programs in which all members of Wirreanda Secondary School have:

  • The right to be included and have respect from others
  • The right to learn or to be taught
  • The right to feel safe and secure in their school environment

We acknowledge that Wirreanda Secondary School is a White Ribbon and Safe School Coalition site and promotes respectful relationships amongst all members of the community, to improve the wellbeing of all students and staff.
On a personal note this was my last Wellbeing event at Wirreanda, it has been the journey of a lifetime and I am beyond thankful for my time here.

Teresa Bruno



Peer Support Training

Being a Peer Support Leader is an opportunity for our more experienced High School students to welcome our new Year 8s to the Wirreanda community at the beginning of the 2018 school year. On Thursday 14th November, a dynamic group of Year 9s worked closely in collaboration with Casie Coombe (Vice-Captain), Ms Bruno, Ms Parker, Kadri, and Mrs Millar. In addition, our new Peer Support group were mentored by three of our current Peer Support Leaders from 2017 – Myah, Charlotte and Hayley. The day had a strong focus on creating a safe learning space, showing respect to one another and developing skills in bringing people together.

We began our training day by getting to know one another and learning ‘Icebreaker’ activities that our students can later use to get to know our new community members next year. We collaborated to discover the traits of different leaders, and reflected upon our own leadership skills. Students discovered that many of them shared similar fears when beginning high school. After identifying our collaborative strengths as leaders, as well as areas to improve upon, we explored ways to manage our emotions. As a leader, students may find that their peers seek them out for support. Here at Wirreanda, we firmly believe that life-skills such as leadership, resolving conflict, problem solving and seeking support from the best people at the best time are essential to an individual’s success not only in school, but in the workforce and indeed, life itself.

We learned that meaningful connection to your peers, community and self can assist to motivate people to accomplish more. This was most evident in Casie’s “RU OK?” video in which she examined experiences from her own life and how she actively chose to make decisions that brought her immediate school community together. Students teaching students is a powerful mode of learning which ensures that authentic experiences and opportunities are afforded to our young leaders.

I am excited to see what this group will accomplish in 2018 and look forward to seeing them apply their exceptional leadership skills, strategies and positivity to promote and develop a supportive Wirreanda community. A huge thank you to the staff members involved for your time and commitment to developing the skills of our young people. Of course – the main credit must be given to the amazing young people who gave up their time to become active community leaders. Great effort everyone!

Our 2018 Peer Support Leaders

Olivia C, Jeremy V, Gypsy S, Aurora C, Georgia U, Sara W, Eric Z, Connor M, Morgan W, Max J, Daeshana J-P, Kimberleigh J, Mitchell S, Ben C, Tyler Walther and Danial R.

Yours in community spirit,

Ms Parker

Power to end violence against women


Today Port Adelaide Football Club visited Wirreanda Secondary School, in the lead up to our Term 4 Respectful Relationships Positive Education Day and White Ribbon Day, to deliver the Power to end violence against women program to our Year 10 male cohort.

The program targets young men in Year 10 across South Australia and aims to address the prevalence of domestic violence within our community.

Research on domestic violence has told us that by the time young people reach their teenage years most have experienced or witnessed some form of domestic abuse.

This program provided our students with the opportunity to discuss the issue of violence against women and explore respectful relationships.  In doing so, the program provided the information and skills necessary for young men to make informed choices to prevent violent behaviours in society.

Students engaged positively with the session and we look forward to Wirreanda Secondary School furthering our community connection with PAFC when they join us on November 24th for our Respectful Relationships Positive Education Day.


Teresa Bruno