As we prepare for a return to face-to-face learning, student wellbeing remains a top priority.

COVID-19 has posed some of the greatest challenges the world has faced in recent memory and the ongoing wellbeing of our young people is of increasing concern.

During the past couple of months we have been doing as much as we can to help our students maintain a positive outlook during home learning.

Each year level has attended weekly SHINE sessions via Zoom with their Tutors and peers to share ideas for practising wellbeing: staying active, mindfulness meditation, staying in contact with friends, making a music playlist, de-cluttering the bedroom for five minutes each day, watching a movie/TV show that is uplifting, and learning something new.

Our Year 12 Peer Support Leaders have also continued to hold Peer Support (‘buddy’) sessions via Zoom with their Year 8s to give the younger students an opportunity to reach out and feel supported by their mentor.

The Year 7s, 8s and 10s participated in a Wellbeing Afternoon, participating in mindfulness meditation and origami, or painting kindness rocks and colouring in mandalas. Zumba/dance classes and yoga sessions were also run by an external instructor.

Our School and Sports Captains shared regular videos reinforcing positivity and the importance of staying connected with peers.

Our Prep to Year 2 classes held weekly ‘Blairholme Blast’ Zoom afternoons, where they shared jokes, performances or listened to authors reading.

Students and teachers celebrated R U OK? Day. dedicated to inspiring people to connect with those around them and provide support to those who are struggling.

Our PE staff shared a video showcasing what they are doing to stay active and encouraging students to discover and share their own talents during isolation.

Christiana, Year 8 Maths & Science teacher, held lunch-time Zoom pizza classes for her students.

These are just some of the many creative and innovative ways that our School community has remained connected and positive during COVID-19.

Now, as we prepare to move forward, some parents are concerned about their child’s anxiety at transitioning back to School while for others it is the daunting prospect of continuing home learning.

IMG 4402

With this in mind, we hope the following resources and tips for those who remain at home over the next couple of weeks are helpful.

Focusing on the positives of Home Learning

🌸 Acknowledging gratitude for home, family, friends, opportunities to learn and good health.

🌸 Recognising the benefits of being 'bored' and a less 'busy' lifestyle

🌸 Learning self-organisation and time management skills

🌸 The importance of proactively asking teachers for help

🌸 Renewed sense of self, confidence and decreased pressure to conform

🌸 An opportunity to reflect and acknowledge personal growth

Wellbeing Resources

Resilience Project website

Beyond Blue

Three Good Things App

Black Dog Institute

Best Meditation Apps

Insight Timer Meditation App

Smiling Mind App

Headspace: National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Reach Out: Mental Health for Young People

Nike Training Club

7 Minute Fitness Challenge App

eSafety Webinars for parents