Published on: 19 August 2020

The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing hosted a forum on the topic of Student Health and Wellbeing this past Sunday. The forum was attended by students in Years 10 to 12 from Newman College, PLC, Hale School, Methodist Ladies’ College, Perth Modern School, Scotch College, John XXIII College, St Hilda’s and Iona Presentation College.

Among the guest presenters at the event was former Young Australian of the Year in 2013 Akram Azimi, who discussed service leadership and wellbeing advocacy.

Old Boys and former leaders of the Student Wellbeing Committee Brodie Wicks, Marcus Handley, Ben Davison Petch, Akio Ho, Amitabh Jeganathan, Ed Elias and Felix King also guided the students as part of a break-out session. The students involved were guided through carefully constructed questions that got them thinking about their specific school contexts and how they might strengthen their strategy to improve health and wellbeing.

The forum focused on a number of key outcomes including:

  • Equip and empower student leaders and committees in the space of student wellbeing and mental health, especially through the sharing of ideas and dialogue
  • Provide a framework for establishing a student led wellbeing committee
  • Inspire and energise attendees-including guest speakers, brain games and take away packs which had HWB resources that students could pay forward
  • Provide an opportunity for student leaders in wellbeing to connect

Liam Casson, Director of The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing, described the importance of initiatives such as the Student Health and Wellbeing forum “This forum showcased the schools ongoing commitment and passion to support student wellbeing and highlights the fact that we are willing to empower our students as part of a collaborative approach that we believe will produce the best outcomes for our students, teachers and wider community. Wellbeing is journey we are all on and the we are incredibly proud of the work The Wynne Centre is doing with our Student Wellbeing Committee.”

The Student Wellbeing Forum was generously supported by the Australian Government’s ‘Local Schools Community Fund’.

Photos were taken by Felix King Photography.