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

 

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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

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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

TOMORROW MAN

On Wednesday 18th October, a group of students participated in the Tomorrow Man Workshop. Wirreanda had the pleasure of having Ryder Susman visit to run a workshop aimed at young teenage boys. 15 students from Year 9 and 10 participated in the workshop

The workshops are transformative experiences that invite young men to deconstruct and rewrite the “Man Rules”, develop self-awareness and practice the important skills necessary to decide on the culture that will enable them to reach their potential.

Website: www.tomorrowman.com.au

Students participated in – Workshop #1 – “Breaking The Man Code”

The core workshop is a two-hour deconstruction of the Aussie male stereotype as seen in ABC’s “Man Up” documentary. This workshop allows young men to ask questions about the kind of men they’ve learned to be while exploring the man they want to become and the culture they are creating for themselves and their mates.

Youtube Clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTMNWiIurOM

The workshop was focused on working with teenage males to reinvent masculinity by disrupting old school male stereotypes, building emotional muscle and reinventing a more flexible version of tomorrow’s man. The students and Ryder held conversations about the state of ‘being a man’ and ‘the male law’. When the students were asked to describe what they thought the male law was, responses were “to be manly”, “don’t show emotion” and “not to cry”. The students challenged the male law and faced statistics during interactive activities. These statistics were that 90% of behavioural problems were caused by men, along with 80% of violent crimes were committed by males. In addition, nine out of 10 people in prison are male, and are three times more likely to commit suicide than women, and 1 in 2 males have no close friends.

The first interactive activity involved applying nail polish to three students in the group. Ryder then challenged them to wear it for two weeks. The question was asked, “where will the hardest place to wear the nail polish be?”. Answers given from the boys were, at home (especially around male family members), at school (around their friends), at the beach, and whilst at work.

The second activity was called “step to the line”. A line was drawn in the middle of the room, and Ryder asked the students to form a line either side of the line. Ryder would then challenge them with questions such as “have you ever cried”, “have you offended a girl”, “have you been violent to someone, or witnessed someone who has”. This activity challenged the boys to be honest, but most importantly to be true to yourself and not be ashamed or embarrassed to step to the line, even if they were the only ones who did. This activity defied peer group pressure and allowed the boys to be honest with themselves.

Towards the end of the seminar the students shared some personal life experiences and challenges with each other in this supportive environment. Each student walked away with new perspectives and small goals for themselves and with a vision of the man they wanted to be in the future.  We would like to thank Ryder and all of the students who attended and participated in this seminar. It was a successful and enjoyable afternoon.

 

ACAP Placement Students

David McPhee and Hayley Lodge

Positive Education Day – Mental Health and Belonging 

On behalf of the Mental Health and Belonging Focus Group, Student Leadership, Year 12 Health class and the Wellbeing Team, I would like to thank all the guest speakers, Katrine Hildyard 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 Mental Health and Belonging and to support  R U OK? Day.

This has included:

  • Student workshop sessions. This encompassed students working closely with key guests, with the objective of raising  awareness around Mental Health.
  • 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 R U OK? 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.

Our lunchtime community event showcased our school’s commitment and awareness of RU OK? Our students had access to a live DJ, activities from the Onkaparinga Council, henna tattoo artists, support and information from Safe Schools Coalition, and a ‘Conversation Corner’.

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.

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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:

https://drive.google.com/a/wirreandasecondary.sa.edu.au/file/d/0B29MelNC-gu1cXhOOUJyUnFKT2M/view?usp=sharing  

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.

Program

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.

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.