by Mrs Anoushka Houseman
Once again we warmly welcome our new students and their families to our College. It’s wonderful to see our community continuing to grow even mid term!
Our school counsellor (Zoe Sweeney), and Wellbeing Leader (Anoushka Houseman), have commenced a second anxiety group with 8 students in the secondary school participating and this will continue into Term 4.
In primary, our school counsellor (Lynne Wainwright) has commenced a couple of social skills programs which continue to be thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
Given our 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parenting program for parents of primary students only had 1 of 3 sessions go ahead (due to COVID-19 restrictions), we have recorded a series of 3 webinars to summarise the content of each session. Each of these webinars are approximately 30 minutes long.
ZOOM Q & A SESSION: Tuesday 22 September
On Tuesday 22 September (Week 10) at 7pm, we will host a Zoom call where parents who have watched the webinar series can ask questions or discuss how they are going with the strategies implemented. This will be available to parents of both Santa Sophia as well as Our Lady of the Angels as previously arranged.
Link to Session 1 Parenting Summary
Link to Session 2 Parenting Summary
Link to Session 3 Parenting Summary
If you would like to register for the Q&A Zoom meeting based on the information given in the webinars, please email Anoushka Houseman on firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Positive Behaviour Support for Learning - PBS4L
We recently had a PBS4L challenge in the secondary school to see which classroom could be kept the tidiest over a 3 week period. The winning class group was Year 7 Navy! They earned a pizza party on Thursday 10th September and to keep with COVID-19 restrictions where food sharing is not allowed, each student was able to order their very own box of pizza!! There were some very pleased students!
Teen Mental Health First Aid - Year 9
Year 9 have also been participating in the teen Mental Health First Aid program during their PDHPE lessons. This is a 3 session program developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia which is a nationally accredited program. The aim is to give teenagers the skills they need to recognise and help with mental health problems and crises in their friends, and to ensure they get the help of an adult quickly. Young people will often turn to each other when stressed or upset, and try to help each other, taking on too much. This course teaches them not to take on these problems alone.
Your child will bring their manual home after session 3. There are resources for further information in the back and you may want to explore them together. All students who participate in the program will receive a teen Mental Health First Aid certificate which is helpful to include on their CV.