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Dealing with HSC Exam Stress

Waverley College Health Centre

From Health Centre Nurse, Adele Cutbush & School Psychologist, Tessa Prior

Last Wednesday Ms Tessa Prior, School Psychologist and School Registered Nurse, Adele Cutbush, held a small workshop for Year 12 on Dealing with HSC Exam Stressor Anxiety.

We met in The Grange with a small group of Year 12 students who were interested in learning some information about how to deal with the stress and anxiety which could be caused by the HSC.

Ms Prior commenced the workshop with some brief exercises on identifying different types of stress and anxieties associated with the HSC and Year 12. She then moved on to talking about the brain and how different roles of the brain elicit varied responses to stress. This was followed with some in depth information on practical strategies for dealing with stress from a psychological point of view.

For the second part of the workshop Ms Cutbush addressed ways to deal with stress from a medical or nursing stand point. She touched on nutrition, diet, exercise, the pros and cons of caffeine (coffee), music therapy, keeping a healthy immune system and most importantly sleep. The students were given some handouts to take home to read and share with their parents.

Tessa and Adele want to extend a huge thank you to the Year 12 students for taking the time out of their day to attend the workshop and get involved. We would also like to thank Mrs Elizabeth Watson for her help in organising the afternoon. Thank you to Mr William Roberts and Mr Graeme Leddie for their presence and support on the day.

If you are finding Year 12 overwhelming and need access to support please don’t hesitate to contact the School Counselling Team,tThe Health Centre, the Wellbeing Centre, Wellbeing Mentor or Head of House.

If you are interested in attending a Dealing with HSC Exam Stress/Anxiety workshop in the future, please get in contact with Ms Prior or Ms Cutbush.