St Clare's High School are putting a broader focus on wellbeing

Personal wellbeing: St Clare's High School will assist the young people in their care to be thoughtful and supportive friends. Photos: Supplied.

Personal wellbeing: St Clare's High School will assist the young people in their care to be thoughtful and supportive friends. Photos: Supplied.

A significant element in the successful return to school after lockdown, is the goodwill that we at St Clare's High School, Taree, share with each other as we recover from the disruption the pandemic has caused.

For some in our community, the lack of predictability has undermined their self-confidence and caused them to have a pessimistic view of the world.

While this mindset is not widely held in the St Clare's community, which has shown a high level of energy and resilience since March 2020, the school has adjusted the Term 4 timetable to allow a broader focus on positive relationships and personal wellbeing.

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday starts with a 25-minute pastoral care session that will focus on individual wellbeing and care for those with whom the students share their day.

Years 7 to 9 will trial the use of a professionally produced wellbeing journal and will engage in activities to encourage personal growth and a healthy mindset.

Teamwork: Students will take part in journaling and initiatives that promote teamwork and fun.

Teamwork: Students will take part in journaling and initiatives that promote teamwork and fun.

St Clare's staff will lead the students in a number of discussions and activities that will reinforce a sense of personal worth and broaden their understanding of how to monitor their personal wellbeing.

Resilience: The St Clare's community has shown a high level of energy and resilience throughout the pandemic.

Resilience: The St Clare's community has shown a high level of energy and resilience throughout the pandemic.

Many scientific studies have made a strong connection regarding the importance of exercise and its positive influence on mental health. In a further adjustment to the timetable Years 7 to 10 will have a Year Level specific sporting session designed to encourage participation, teamwork, physical movement and fun throughout the school week.

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