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From Head of Green House, Mr Scott Coleman

Head of Green House, Mr Scott Coleman

Head of Green House, Mr Scott Coleman

Wellbeing Update

Rock and Water Initiative 

The Rock and Water program is being implemented at Waverley College in 2020. The program, backed by 20 years of research, provides young people with a pathway to building self-awareness, self-confidence and emotional regulation, while also providing guidance on how to communicate effectively with peers and adults. 

The program is being rolled out in our Year 7 and 8 PDHPE classes this term, alongside some discussions during our Big Brother/Little Brother Program. Year 11 students were trained for the program during Term 4 last year.

Watch this video to find out more about the program: Rock and Water Introduction

Mission Australia Youth Survey

At the end of last year, Mission Australia released its 2019 Youth Survey findings, which aim to identify young peoples’ values, aspirations and concerns, with a focus on student voice, bullying and disability.

The survey outlined that mental health, the environment, equity and discrimination are the top concerns of the 25,000 youth who took part. In addition, coping with stress, school or study problems and mental health are listed as respondents’ top three personal concerns. 

The survey outlines the need for these issues to be addressed at home and at school to provide young people with coping strategies for dealing with their anxieties and concerns. Waverley endeavours to support all students through various means. We use the data from these surveys to ensure that we are at the forefront of wellbeing and supporting the lives of our young people. 

You can download the survey here: 2019 Youth Survey

The NSW Youth Advisory Council

The NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) plays an important role in advising the NSW Government on issues that are relevant to young people across the state.

Membership of the YAC is open to all children and young people between 12 and 24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12 member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. 

The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to advise the relevant Minister and NSW Advocate for Children and Young People on issues, policies and laws that affect children and young people in NSW.

Waverley College students are encouraged to apply to the council using this link: ACYP Application Form