Published on: 19 October 2023

During the first week of Term 4, the Senior School recognised Mental Health Week with a variety of wellbeing activities. Students enjoyed a visit by wellbeing dogs Koji and Dusty in the PMC, before being taken for a walk around the ovals at lunchtime, while the Wynne Centre offered mindful colouring. On Wednesday, students and staff participated in a Sound Meditation session. The practice uses various sounds, such as singing bowls, gongs, bells, or even recorded nature sounds, to induce a meditative state. Participants were guided to take slow, deep breaths and focus on the sounds of the singing bowl and chimes to anchor their attention, allowing them to stay centred in the present moment. You can watch a short video here.

Wednesday saw local artist James Giddy visit the School to facilitate a watercolour workshop at the School’s boat shed. With a beautiful view of the river, the group of staff spent a peaceful afternoon immersed in creating their watercolour paintings. Following an internship with the Little Wing Corner Gallery in 2014 and mural work for FORM Western Australia’s, ‘Public’ project in 2015, Giddy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University and expanded his practice. His murals can be found throughout Australia in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, as well as internationally in India, America, South Africa and Indonesia.

On Thursday, a number of brave students plunged into ice baths at lunchtime and embraced the Wim Hof method to allow their body and mind to recover and recharge. The week’s activities concluded with ‘morning mindful milos’ following the event’s success on R U OK? Day. Students gathered in the Wynne Centre before school to enjoy a milo and chat and check in with their peers to start the day off right.