Published on: 19 October 2022

This week the Senior School Student Wellbeing Committee have organised a variety of activities to raise awareness of Mental Health Week.

On Monday, leaders of the committee spoke about a plaque that will be unveiled next to the blue tree outside the Refectory. The tree was painted last year as part of the Blue Tree Project and exists to spark conversations about positive mental health. Senior School band Dune Cartel performed a variety of popular songs as the boys took the opportunity to reflect on what the project is all about.

At lunchtime on Tuesday the Senior Library hosted an array of activities including board games, card games or a chance to relax with Koji, Ms. Gould’s reading dog, while listening to an acoustic performance from Year 10 student Cy Lendich.

During tutorial on Wednesday the boys participated in Wellbeing Week quizzes and during recess and lunch, Student Wellbeing committee members undertook mental health check-ins. Boys also wore their wildest socks for Happy Sock Day.

The Preparatory School also got involved in the fun with activities happening every day in the library during lunchtime, including making stress balls, pinwheels, playing with giant bubbles and learning how to measure their heart rate.

The week will culminate on Thursday with the Firsts Soccer team and the PE staff facing-off in a penalty shootout, and a 3-point competition taking place in Q-Block while old boy DJ BODIE performs for those in attendance.

These Mental Health Week activities are part of the School’s ongoing support for a proactive approach to holistic wellbeing driven by The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing.