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Year 10 Wellbeing Day (Issue 4 2018)

Written on the 22 March 2018

On Wednesday 7 March, all Year 10 students took part in a Wellbeing Day. Students did not have their regular classes but instead participated in a number of seminars primarily facilitated by guest speakers.

The day started with Year 10s taking part in a "Study Sensai'' seminar by Elevate Education. The session engaged students with strategies regarding ways that they can be more productive and less stressed when studying. In particular the following strategies were recommended:

  • utilising the syllabus to frame study
  • structuring and reviewing organised notes
  • conceptual learning to develop deep understanding
  • standing out through independent learning
  • after recess, students split into girl and boy groups.

The Year 10 girls participated in a seminar with Olympic athlete Jess Trengrove. Jess discussed her own life journey and provided inspiration to the girls about positive body image, tips to be resilient and how to deal with setbacks and how to achieve positive personal and professional relationships.

The Year 10 boys participated in seminar with Glen Gerreyn. Glen is the author of four books including Men of Honour which was the basis for his two hour seminar with the boys. The seminar challenged the boys to consider the power of their choices in the areas of exercise, nutrition, money and sex. The seminar discussed how men are portrayed in the media and how that portrayal subsequently affects male identity and behaviour. In particular, Glen looked at sexual behaviour and asked the boys to reflect on the ways that they can make informed and life-changing decisions.

After lunch, all Year 10s participated in a seminar called Hope Express facilitated by speaker and author Glen Gerreyn. This seminar focused on the power of having a purpose in life. Students were encouraged to consider and take decisive action on who they are, why they are here and where they are going. Students were given tools and strategies to overcome the times when it seems as though everything is against them, so they can make their dreams a reality.

I was impressed by the way the students engaged in these seminars in a mature and open way. It was clear from the feedback I received, that students found these seminars enlightening and even enjoyable. I encourage families of Year 10 students to discuss these seminars with their son or daughter.

Alex Dighton
Director of Students


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