Wellbeing

Wirreanda Learner Wellbeing- Positive Education- PERMA +

 

PERMA

Today staff were fortunate enough to have Annette Bulling present on PERMA +, Annette is Project Lead – Education from the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI ( The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute- which is an independent health and medical research institute in Adelaide ) . Annette has a background in education – worked in schools sites, regional office and central office. She spent time working for Mindmatters and Australian Childhood Foundation promoting mental health, wellbeing and trauma-informed practice.

The purpose of Positive Psychology and PERMA + at Wirreanda Secondary School is to encourage and support a  flourishing school community that focuses on POSITIVES that contribute to the wider population and in doing so help a greater percentage of people to live well and build resilience.

“PERMA” stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being. These are:

  1. Positive Emotion (P)

For us to experience well-being, we need positive emotion in our lives. Any positive emotion like peace, gratitude, satisfaction, pleasure, inspiration, hope, curiosity, or love falls into this category – and the message is that it’s really important to enjoy yourself in the here and now, just as long as the other elements of PERMA are in place.

  1. Engagement (E)

When we’re truly engaged in a situation, task, or project, we experience a state of flow: time seems to stop, we lose our sense of self, and we concentrate intensely on the present.

This feels really good! The more we experience this type of engagement, the more likely we are to experience well-being.

  1. Positive Relationships (R)

As humans, we are “social beings,” and good relationships are core to our well-being. Time-and-again, we see that people who have meaningful, positive relationships with others are happier than those who do not. Relationships really do matter!

  1. Meaning (M)

Meaning comes from serving a cause bigger than ourselves. Whether this is a specific deity or religion, or a cause that helps humanity in some way, we all need meaning in our lives to have a sense of well-being.

  1. Accomplishment/ Achievement (A)

Many of us strive to better ourselves in some way, whether we’re seeking to master a skill, achieve a valuable goal, or win in some competitive event. As such, accomplishment is another important thing that contributes to our ability to flourish.

We look forward to working further with Annette and SAHMRI in the future with our goal of building resilience in our community.

White Ribbon-Breaking the Silence in Schools Program 2016-2017 case study

Please allow me to take this opportunity to share with you our schools White Ribbon journey thus far and our plans for the future.

Wirreanda Secondary School has committed to the White Ribbon “ Breaking the Silence “ in schools programs as part of the primary prevention of violence against women. 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.

Below is a link to the Wirreanda Secondary School’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program 2016-2017 case study;

This document outlines;

Our site overview and context

Our aims and policies

Our timeline, training, accreditation and events

2017 and embedment into culture

and finally

Our outcomes and our plans for the future

Wirreanda Secondary School White Ribbon Breaking the Silence in Schools Program

 

Jamie Maniero

Student Counsellor, White Ribbon Ambassador

Positive Behaviours and Respectful Relationships

 

 

Take a Stand

On Friday the 17th of  March 2017, Wirreanda Secondary School conducted a whole day of focus and awareness around resilience, respectful relationships, conflict resolution strategies and mindfulness, to help ‘ take a stand together’ and support BULLY NO WAY!

This included;

Morning sessions:

Teachers booked their classes into morning sessions with key guests including , focus leaders and student leaders who have made areas of resilience, respectful relationships, mindfulness and conflict resolution.

Mid afternoon session:

A mid-afternoon to lunchtime walkthrough information session, in which students completed a ‘resilience walk’, through various community groups and service providers gathering key information, justifying their emotional responses, expressing their opinions, beliefs, questions and choices, in order to build and modify safety strategies.

Lunchtime Event

A lunchtime school community event, showcasing our school’s commitment and awareness of BULLY NO WAY, with school bands performing songs of hope and encouragement, food and more information displays and workshops.

And finally two afternoon sessions:

One with a key guest speaker discussing their own battle with life setbacks, how to evaluate/rethink and refine life after unexpected or difficult situations and self-discipline strategies and personal experiences.

And the other with Helen Sleeman our Wellbeing Officer and Nick Jackson discussing Digital Citizenship with our learners parents .

This in turn further supported our safe school policy, strategy 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, and a right to feel safe and secure in their school environment.

Acknowledges that Wirreanda Secondary School is a White Ribbon and Safe School Coalition site and promotes respectful relationships amongst all members of the community.

The Wellbeing Team

 

Operations Flinders

Designed to mentally, physically and emotionally challenge, Operation Flinders is a South Australian based charitable organisation that runs a world leading wilderness adventure program for young people at risk in the picturesque Flinders Ranges.

For the first time, Wirreanda Secondary School was extended an invitation to send a ‘team, which comprised of 10 students with mixed ages, genders and year levels. Participants were recommended to partake in the exercise, based on a number of aspects ranging from disengagement with school to an identified need to develop leadership qualities.

Over the 8 days, participants travelled 90km all over Yankaninna station on foot, carrying with them rucksacks full of all their vital equipment, bedding, food and water. Whilst the days were spent hiking mountains, abseiling, managing blisters and complaining about what they missed from home,  evenings were spent around the campfire, completing jobs and reflecting on the things important to them and the changes they wish to make in their lives.

Students were broken and challenged, but with no option other than to suck it up and persevere, they did it! As a supporting teacher, I cannot begin to describe the pride and admiration I have for those who participated and supported us. No doubt this has been a life changing experience for all involved and one that I hope all our participating students can look back on and recognise as a major accomplishment in their lives.
Alicia Dean

Health and Physical Education/VET Sport and Recreation /Specialist Sport Course

White Ribbon Day 


Wirreanda Secondary School has committed to the White Ribbon “ Breaking the Silence “ in 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.
Today we showed our support and raised awareness by;

A lunchtime BBQ that facilitated conversations and enabled us to keep up with already established traditions.
A lunchtime staff v’s students basketball match which attracted many enthusiastic players and supporters.
An area set was up for students to contribute to the ‘rise up’ SOUTHERN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INITIATIVE supported by the city of ONKAPRINGA to decorate a t-shirt with a message of hope. 
Pledge boards where staff and students were encouraged to photograph colleagues and peers holding a ‘we swear’ poster and post them to social media using the hashtags #decdWRD2016 and #WhiteRibbonDay.
Students represented Wirreanda Secondary School by going to the WHITE RIBBON BREAKFAST at the Adelaide Convention Centre, thank you to Alicia Dean was facilitating the morning.

A fantastic lunchtime event that had music, entertainment, facilitated awareness and as always exhibited a community building a culture of respect.

Huge thanks to the White Ribbon Team – Jamie Maniero, Ben Menzies, Ralf Pirone and James Skehan for organising today’s event.

Thanks to Azra for her BBQ skills, Amber,  Josh and the peer support students for helping with the set up of the day and Jake for assisting with his DJ skills.

Deadly Start 2 High School

Deadly Start 2 High School

Deadly Start 2 High School is about year 7 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in secondary schools. Year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in the transition program aimed at supporting positive transition into secondary school. Several secondary schools in the south take turns in running workshops to encourage a positive outlook at high school. Wirreanda ran a program on Kaurna language and artifacts as well as a science class with the wonderful Ms Nicholson.

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A Taste of Culture for the Japanese Koshikawa students

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students had the opportunity to present a ‘Taste of Culture’ for the Japanese students of Koshikawa. The Koshikawa students had the wonderful time of painting native animals inspired by Aboriginals designs. They students also had fun of a shared lunch of wattle seed damper, scones and kangaroo sausages. All food disappeared within minutes .

It was interest how well the students took in the information we provided and how good their art skills were…It was nice chatting to new people with a different culture and we learnt form them as well” – Breanna Trueman –

“We also taught the students about different animals, languages and laws…I had a lot of fun and so did the Koshikawa students” – Tamya Motto –

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Azra Rochester
Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer

R U OK? Day

 

R U Ok

Week 7 – Thursday 8 th September is R U OK? day

Lunchtime Events occurred today in the Nunga Room, with students having the opportunity to participate in a conversation corner and ask one another ” R U Ok ?”.

R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide.

Their mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Their Goals are :

  1. .Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life’s ups and down.
  2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others.
  3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
  4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic

We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions – “Are you ok?”.

It’s this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask “are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert – just a good listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.

Please do not hesitate to see a member of the Wellbeing staff for any support or advice.

 

Wear it Purple Day 2016

“Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it. We’re all people. We’re all equal.”

-Connor Franta

Wear it Purple day was on Friday August 26 th .
The purpose of Wear It Purple day is to raise awareness for the LGBT+ community and to show Wirreanda’s support for them, to this, this year we encouraged students to wear a purple shirt in exchange for a gold coin donation. We ran events during recess and lunch to raise awareness for these, along with handing information regarding safe sex, the LGBT+ community, and how to be an ally to them.
The community showed their support by wearing purple and making a gold coin donation to Minus 18, a non for profit organisation that supports the LGBT community.

I believe as a school we did a great job in not only raising awareness but also showing that we support equality and fair rights.

As a school, individuals, and as a community, let’s continue to show our support and acceptance of LGBT+ people.

A big thanks to all the staff, volunteers and the GSA who helped with today’s event, also to all the people who were involved today.

A special thanks to Josh Solonsch who played a huge role in the organisation of today.

James Skehan- Youth Worker

 

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week 2016

This year’s Reconciliation Week theme is “Our History, Our Story, Our Future”. Reconciliation has always been about reconciliation, unification and celebration of culture within our school community. In 2016 we aim to build on the present culture to enhance and celebrate the diversity in our communities. The aim is to develop not only understanding, but also acknowledgement of one’s own culture and the multicultural society around them as well as the history of our society. This will be achieved through community engagement, connections and presentations during Reconciliation Week from community multicultural groups. We are running a whole assembly and school community fair.

On Tuesday 31st of May Wirreanda Secondary had an amazing assembly with guest speakers from staff, students, Cara Rankine, previous student, and Katrine Hildyard MP. This year we want to look at Reconciliation and the wider society before all cultural groups within Australia. We focused on the theme “Unity Through Diversity”. As Kadri said, “Reconciliation is not a process which occurs for one week, once a year. It is an ongoing conscious process of restoring relationships and building a sense of community together…why? Because we are all human beings and ultimately, connected in some way

We wanted to look at how we as individuals view the culture we live and practice every day and created a video. We will build on this culture of ‘lived’ Reconciliation by how we work and learn together in an environment that encourages acceptance of our own individual identities and the culture of our school.

We have over 45 different cultural groups within our school…this is a rich tapestry that contributes and shapes the cultural identity of Wirreanda Secondary School.

Please view our Reconciliation Video : https://youtu.be/sPqY3gtBJAs

 

 

 

Wellbeing Packages – Giving Back to our Community

Today the Wellbeing Team worked with students to prepare food parcels for local families for Christmas.
An important life lesson we like to instill in our students is the act of giving and the rewards that come from helping others . Today we spoke about the fact that no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are even tougher than yours.
Giving back is where you give, and then nothing happens. No benefits for you, no recognition, nothing tangible gets sent your way. Your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. And if not “significant” then a positive change nevertheless.
Volunteering and giving back not only builds stronger communities but improves your emotional and physical health at the same time.
Today we experienced the wellbeing that comes from helping our Wirreanda Community.

Care Packages

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