PRIMARY CAMPUS WELLBEING CENTRE
We are delighted to announce that the Primary Campus now has a Wellbeing Centre! The room offers a quiet, comfortable and peaceful space to develop and nurture wellbeing in our students. This room is available for class yoga, mindfulness and circle time activities. Having a large dedicated space for students and teachers solely for the purpose of supporting student wellbeing is a great asset and is a welcome addition to the wonderful facilities at our school.
Each year our Deputy Principal – Primary, Mr Damian Patton, chooses a word for the Primary Campus community to focus on throughout the year. This year Mr Patton chose the word gratitude. Gratitude is not a word that we hear or use very often, however researchers have been studying the impact that feeling and being grateful has on our wellbeing and sense of life satisfaction. Studies all over the world have highlighted positive physical and mental effects on those who practice gratitude. Evidence is mounting, no matter what your age, that being able to experience and express gratitude has a lasting and positive effect on our feeling of happiness. Studies on children and adolescents who practice gratitude highlighted improved levels of resilience, reduced stress levels, better sleep patterns, a decrease in feelings of depression and a higher sense of optimism and satisfaction with life.
Gratitude is one of the many positive emotions. It’s about focusing on what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live.
You can help your child practice being grateful by modelling it yourself and by sharing what you are grateful for at the end of the day. Reminding your children to be thankful for what they have and to appreciate the little things in life will help develop a positive attitude and increase their sense of joy and wellbeing.
Ms Sally Fry, School Counsellor – Primary