Published on: 13 September 2018

Each year, the boys of Noake House and their families come together to compete in a series of challenges that test strength and endurance, known as the Noake Games.

The recent event (watch video here) saw over 130 boys participate in activities including shooting hoops, ergos on rowing machines, team baton relays and a mental quiz, all in support of youth mental health and suicide prevention.

“Our boys are passionate about health and wellbeing and the Noake Games are an extension of that thinking, reflecting how committed our boys are to making a positive difference in their community,” says Head of Noake House, Jamie Foster.

“We have participated in the Lavan Fit30 hosted by Youth Focus for the past three years, fundraising over $20,000 for Youth Focus and its life-saving support for young people.”

“Participants are encouraged to exercise for 30 minutes a day during the month of September, especially as there is such a strong correlation between mental and physical health.”

In the lead up to this year’s event, the Noake boys worked on their mental fitness through initiatives including device free mornings to promote further discussions within tutorial groups, expressing gratitude and participating in mindfulness sessions.

“Apart from fundraising for Youth Focus, we emphasise with our boys that seeking help in times of mental health challenges is totally okay. It’s okay to let a trusted friend or family member know if you are doing it tough and there is help out there.”

“I would like to thank all our parents and community members who participated and backed the Noake boys in their fundraising efforts.”

The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing at Christ Church reflects the School’s commitment to inspiring a new generation of boys to make informed decisions surrounding holistic health and wellbeing. Discover more by clicking here.