This year Swan Valley Anglican Community School will be acknowledging Mental Health Week from 11 to 14 October. Centred on the powerful message of Act, Belong, Commit, the aim of this week is to raise awareness about mental health issues and promote social and emotional well-being.
Through our Pastoral Care Program students will have the opportunity to explore the subject of mental health; how they can keep themselves mentally healthy and where students can access support if they feel they need it.
Mindfulness activities for Mental Health week 2016
- Throughout the week Primary children will be encouraged to be ‘bucket fillers’ and fill their buddy class buckets with good deeds, acts of thoughtfulness and kind words.
- The movie ‘Inside Out’ will be aired throughout the week. The movie is PG so Primary School children will need permission from the parent to request a free ticket from their class teacher.
- On Wednesday and Thursday Secondary students will be given the opportunity to write ‘warm fuzzies’ for other students and staff and carry out Random Acts of Kindness. Each student will be given their own Act, Belong, Commit wristband to remind them about this powerful message.
Tuesday 11 October
“I am unique, I am special, I am me.” Anon
Primary School - Three Mindful Breaths
Secondary School - students join in a “Jump into it” session – a half hour dance fit session in building 6 during lunchtime.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama
Primary School: Buddy Class activity day – Make a mindfulness chatterbox.
Secondary School: Jimmy Cangy, Youth and Community Project Officer from the City of Swan, will be joining us on Wednesday.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama
Junior School: Mindfulness Smiling
Secondary School: students can learned about Mindfulness and how this can help them with their concentration and help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
On Thursday afternoon all Year 8 and 9 students will spend an hour and a half with Di Wilcox. Di will present a workshop that will assist our young people in Years 8 and 9 to understand and deal with their emotions, feelings of self-worth and anxiety, friendships and relationships.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa
Early Learning and Junior School buddies: Mix it up Lunch
Secondary School: NGC Lapathon
We sincerely hope these activities are enjoyable for our students and that they learn more about themselves and the important issue of mental health.
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
Handy Links and information to download
Every child is a unique and special individual who learns things in their own way, in their own time.
Download the flyer here Is My Child OK?
Western Australian Association for Mental Health http://mhw.waamh.org.au/
Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Act Belong Commit Factsheets from the website www.actbelongcommit.org.au
Youth Focus Mental Health facts and a list of links can be downloaded via Youth Focus Fact Sheets.