A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Wellbeing - Edition 3 - 2020

Guest Speaker – Hugh van Cuylenburg

As part of our approach to supporting the wellbeing of our students, we provide a number of opportunities for parents to hear some of the same messages the students are engaging with through our Wellbeing@West program. On Wednesday 29 April (Week 1 of Term 2), we will be having a visit from Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project. The evening will begin at 7.00 pm, concluding around 8:30 pm, and will take place in the Michael Murray Centre. Hugh last visited us in 2016 and was regarded as one of the most engaging speakers we have ever had. He has an important message to deliver and I would strongly encourage you to set aside the date now, so that you can be part of this event. Hugh will give insights into ways in which we can increase our children’s resilience, in a world where this can be quite challenging. You can find out more about about Hugh and The Resilience Project at this link theresilienceproject.com.au/about-us/. You can book your seat at this free event at www.trybooking.com/BIYCX

Teen Mental Health First Aid

You may remember that I reported the introduction of the Youth Mental Health First Aid training that we are offering our staff and parents here at Westminster. This year we are going one step further. Late last year I trained to deliver the Teen Mental Health First Aid course which is aimed at equipping students from Years 7 to 12 to recognise when a friend might be struggling with their mental health. It gives skills and information for students to have some idea of what to do in such a situation (eg to know where to access help for their friend). We have decided to focus on our Year 10 cohort, and I will be delivering this in Weeks 9 – 11 of this term, as part of their PLP lesson load. Further information will be disseminated to parents of Year 10 students in due course.

Liz Collins
Head of Wellbeing