Wellbeing programs take students off-screen

Jersey Day at St Paul

With Sydney’s lockdown continuing, Catholic secondary colleges on the Northern Beaches – St Paul’s at Manly and Mater Maria at Warriewood – have deployed a range of programs to assist their students’ wellbeing. Source: Broken Bay Diocese.

Mater Maria Principal Marc Reicher said the school’s staff had been working hard to find a balance between zoom classes with teachers; student interest projects; and wellbeing programs that get students off their screens to provide balance during the extended COVID lockdown.

One initiative, "Lettuce Care," saw 44 students sign up to grow lettuce, with the objective of getting them outdoors and in turn donating their produce to Foodbank

St Paul’s encouraged students to wear their favourite NRL team jersey to raise awareness about the Nathan Gremmo Community Fund and, in turn, organ donation.

Principal Michael Reid said a major focus for students and teachers has been self-care and staying connected. Jersey Day is a way of building on those connections.

“It's not easy engaging young men in a conversation about what will happen when a loved one passes. Jersey Day is a great way of breaking the ice and talking about how our choices can give life to other,” he said.

With the physical wellbeing of students at both colleges paramount, students were invited to join a 15-minute webinar entitled "Avoid Teck Neck" presented by local chiropractor James Kerr, who shared an informative session demonstrating simple tips and tricks to keep upper bodies in better shape.


Window into Wellbeing (Broken Bay Diocese)

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