Understanding Mental Health

Youth Focus Parent Forum Monday 18 June 2018

On Monday June 18, our Year 9 students, staff and some parents participated in the “Conversations about Mental Health” program with Youth Focus.

Students learned that physical and mental health interact and are both core parts of health, and looked at the mental health continuum from good health to poor health. The presentation emphasised the importance of recognising our signs of stress early on, and tackling our sources of stress proactively.

We learned how our brain responds to high stress, why people tend to lose perspective when stressed, and how this can contribute to mental health problems. Year 9s were encouraged to “get a second opinion” from supportive adults in their networks, when they are feeling down or worried. Along with sleep, healthy diet and exercise, this can protect their mental health and ensure they stay strong and well. Involving a supportive adult is particularly critical if they or their friends feel worthless or have thoughts of suicide.

If your son or daughter is in Year 9, now is a great time to check in with him or her about the presentation, and talk together about activities that strengthen the mental health of family members. Further ideas for nourishing good mental health in your teen are in the “Parent Jigsaw Puzzle” handout, and the Resource List which were both given to parents who attended the evening session.

You may download information from the session via Youth Focus Phone Resource List.

YouthFocus Contact:

T: 6266 4333
W: youthfocus.com.au

YouthFocus Resources

YouthFocus list of Phone Resources

YouthFocus Parent Mental Health Puzzle


Headspace Resources

W: www.headspace.org.au


Student wellbeing in Secondary School

The pastoral system at Swan Valley Anglican Community School aims to provide high-level support to enable each student to reach his or her potential.

Each student belongs to a Pastoral Care Group (PCG) of similar-aged peers. The PCG Tutor plays an extremely important, multi-faceted, role in providing day-to-day pastoral care.

The Tutor sees each student on two occasions every day: for a brief morning registration period and a longer “Tutorial” session in the afternoon when a personal, social and emotional education program is taught, including study skills. The Tutorial also provides time for tutors to monitor each student’s academic progress through formal diary signing and informal discussion.

Each Tutor acts as an advocate for every student in the group by liaising with subject teachers when support is needed. The Tutor also provides the primary channel for communication between School and home and vice versa.

By building the Tutor-student relationship through the above roles, families and the School are confident that there is at least one person who has excellent depth of knowledge about each student and a good understanding of his or her overall progress through the School.

In the first instance a parent may contact their child’s tutor with any concerns about academic progress, social and emotional issues or any issues that might impact on their child’s School life.

Each Pastoral Care Group is aligned with a House. Each House has a House Leader who supports the PCG Tutor and students who have more specific pastoral needs. A Head of House oversees the entire pastoral program to ensure the very best programs and care are provided to each and every child. The final element to our pastoral system is the School Chaplain, Lay Chaplain and School psychologist.

House Groups

To enable greater vertical cohesion, the School is grouped into four houses, Irwin, Moore, Stirling and Waylen. Competitions at various times in the year seek to enhance the sense of belonging to a student’s house and rivalry is unashamedly encouraged!

The four houses are named after outstanding Western Australians, Frederick Chidley Irwin, George Fletcher Moore, Sir James Stirling and Dr and Mrs Waylen. Please follow the link for more information

Each House is allocated a House Leader who oversees the pastoral needs of this group and leads the Pastoral Care Tutors. Our Head of House provides additional support to this team.

To learn more about the Swan Valley Anglican Community School Houses, follow SVACS House Descriptions 

House Activities

The Senior School House system plays an integral part in the pastoral care program at Swan Valley Anglican Community School. In fact it revolves around it. House Leaders are the driving force behind the House program, which includes inter-house competitions, assemblies and our credit system.

House activities foster healthy competition between the four Houses, whilst forming a team bond across all year groups. They are varied to create a fair playing field including quizzes, sporting and art competitions and come in various forms such as day carnivals or activities which occur within our Pastoral Care Group class time.

The School’s credit program is tied into the House system with House points allocated for students who display our core values through positive behaviour, service and performance.

Houses compete for the right to hold The Leadbetter Cup (winning House) and the House Spirit Trophy at the conclusion of each academic year.

House Collage 2014