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One of our Student Worship Leaders, Leah recently shared the 'Reach Out Week' initiative with our community.

Reach Out Week, a new initiative from the Student Council was held throughout Term 3, Week 7. The week aimed to open up the discussion about mental health and give students tools and activities to help with mental health and self-care. Students were encouraged to participate to gain the benefits of these discussions and opportunities. Monday was an opportunity for Villages to complete their random act of kindness for another Village. Some Villages chose to provide breakfasts for one another, whilst gifts and notes were given to others. During this time, Villages were also invited to join in a Kahoot live-streamed across the College. Congratulations to Penrice for winning the Kahoot!

The Student Council provided a pancake breakfast on Tuesday morning as a way to not only enjoy food but hold a conversation and keep warm as the winter weather kicked in. A smiling minds mediation was held at lunch for students to engage in, providing them with a potential tool to use in their own lives. This was followed by a mindful colouring session on Wednesday lunchtime, after a chapel presented by the College Leaders on the power that words can have on our own and others’ mental health.

Thursday was yet again, another opportunity for students to engage in selfcare techniques that they could take into their own life, as Ms Jenkins held a yoga session in room 27 at lunch time.

A blue themed casual day was held on Friday as we aimed to reach out to the Faith community. The gold coin donations went to Dolly’s Dream Organisation. Dolly’s Dream is an organisation aiming ‘to change cultures and behaviours to prevent bullying by increasing understanding of the impact of bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide and by providing support to parents.’

The Year Level Leaders were encouraged to use the resources provided by the College Leaders in Year Level devotion, and to have a ‘Bikkie with a Buddy.’ The intention of this was to use food as a way to encourage students to have conversations with each other that they might not have otherwise had. Throughout the week, a gratitude wall was placed in the Barossa Arts Centre for students to write down and share the things and people they are grateful for. Things such as family, teachers, education, music, study lessons and community were shared. It was great to see the engagement of students and staff throughout the week. We hope that students now feel like they have a greater understanding of their own mental health and selfcare.