From Director of Student Wellbeing, Matthew Porter
Wellbeing Launch Information Evening
A big thank you to all of the families and guests who attended this evening. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about Waverley College’s commitment to holistic student wellbeing. The PowerPoint and resources from the evening are available for download HERE.
Please feel free to contact the Director of Wellbeing for further information or to suggest any ideas or resources for the Wellbeing Mentor Time Curriculum.
International Women’s Day Student Leaders Breakfast
On Wednesday 8 March, approximately 240 guests assembled in the Lacey Gymnasium for the inaugural International Women’s Day Student Leaders’ Breakfast. This was a great opportunity to congratulate the newly elected Student Representative Council (SRC), Prefects and College Captains from both the Junior and Senior Schools. It was also a great chance for the boys and young men in attendance to show their appreciation for the inspirational women in their lives.
Guest Speaker Kerry Chikarovski challenged our students to “call out” bullying and any disrespectful behaviour and take a stand in support of the victims of family violence. The gold coin donations collected on the day made a significant contribution to “Our WATCh” in support of families affected by domestic violence.
Please see below to find out more about Kerry’s work with Our WATCh.
SRC and Student Leaders Training Day
During Lessons 3 and 4 on Wednesday all Senior School Leaders attended a Leadership Seminar hosted by Glen Gerreyn from the Hopeful Institute. Glen challenged our boys to find their vision and their passion. To take their own personal “moon shot” and challenge themselves to make a difference in their lives, the lives of those they care about and the lives of others.
Glen will be returning to Waverley College later in the year to present his “Men of Honour” workshop to Year 10 students.
To find out more about Glen’s work and get a discount on Glen’s book please see the website below.
Youth Frontiers – Mentoring program for students in Year 8 and 9
This program links students in Years 8 and 9 with screened and trained adult mentors. The students (who self nominate), are matched with a mentor. They meet once per week at the school to work collaboratively on a Community Project. Through the process the student builds their capacity to engage with community and gains valuable life skills like communication, leadership, and self confidence.
Students can choose from project themes such as: Youth Mental Health, Community Harmony, Empowering Women, Environment, Sport, Anzac and there is a general category if the student wants to come up with their own idea.Youth Frontiers is a government funded program offered to students free of charge. We have 10 vacancies available for students in Year 8 and 9. An Information Pack and expression of interest form can be collected from the Wellbeing Centre. Expressions of interest close next Monday 20th of March.
World’s Greatest Shave
Shave the date! The Leukemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave has been confirmed for next week’s assembly from 12:00pm-1:00pm on Thursday 16th of March. Students who wish to participate can register via the following link. Students will need a note from parents and will have to raise at least $10 in sponsors.
National day of Action Against Bullying
Friday 17 March
Next week students from Year 7-10 will participate in Anti-Bullying presentations and workshops from Brainstorm Productions and Project Rockit. During House Assembly time on Friday students will all take part in a powerful statement to say that bullying and violence is never OK.