This year, more than ever we are aware of the many challenges being faced by members of our school community and it is our desire that this assembly will remind our students of the importance of being connected in community and supporting each other in difficult times.
R U OK? is a national charity that aims to start life-changing conversations, inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life.
R U OK? suggests using these four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:
1. Ask R U OK?
3. Encourage action
4. Check in
On Wednesday our Secondary School gathered together for our annual “RUOK” Assembly. The purpose of this assembly is connected to a range of different aspects of our school life. Students benefited from insightful presentations from our Wellbeing and Pastoral Care staff as well as the participation of students from our Year 12 Psychological Studies class. Students learnt some tips about maintaining wellbeing: taking up hobbies, eating well, exercising, engaging with a pet, and communicating with friends & family.
Students & staff pulled off an epic dance-off, sparking huge laughter across the Hall!
Alongside the RUOK assembly, the year 12 psychology class have been running awareness programs to help promote positive mental health for students to give them ‘tools’ to cope with tough times. Groups of of year 12s visited various classrooms to help them to ‘change the stigma’ for mental health with an animated educational video and some discussion.
We remind students of the opportunities for support within our Wellbeing team but also the external sources of support through Lifeline ( 13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) or Kids Helpline (1800 551 800).