Wellbeing Resources

Resources to Support Student Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Leaders at Reynella East College have collated resources, articles and websites for you to support your child’s wellbeing. This page will be updated regularly with new and relevant content.

For more information on accessing support at school, please visit our Student Support page.

Michelle Lee:   Years P-6 School Wellbeing Leader

Alan Peat:         Years 7-9 School Wellbeing Leader

Karen Pearce:  Years 10-12 School Wellbeing Leader

Please scroll down for more resources and information:

Social Media Guidance

Social media influences many facets of a young person’s life. Children are accessing many different platforms with an array of appropriate and inappropriate content. As care providers, it is therefore important to educate our young people on what is appropriate content and what to do if they access something that they perceive as disturbing or illegal.

The following websites may be of assistance when having discussions with our young people about social media use:

Inappropriate Content Factsheet Dealing with Disturbing Videos Being Safe on the Internet

Legal Matters

Do you want advice on areas of the law? The Legal Services Commission have a range of fact sheets on their website that can help you understand different areas of the law, now and into the future. Click here to access them. Information topics include:

  • Young People and the Law
  • Going to Court (what to expect, fines, representation, etc)
  • Child Support
  • Accidents
  • Traffic Offences, and more

Each fact sheet is broken down into language that doesn’t require a law degree to understand! We will feature different topics, in particular for young people. It would be a good opportunity for you to sit down with your young person at an appropriate time and discuss the information in them. This may open up some fruitful discussions with your young person – parents may be surprised about some of the legal content too.

Social Media Factsheet Consumer Rights for Young People Alcohol, Young People and the Law

 

The Smith Family Learning for Life Scholarship

The Smith Family Learning for Life education scholarships give families and students the opportunity to access everyday needs for education by reducing financial difficulty and supporting the whole family to achieve. Families who meet the criteria may receive payments from $450 per year, per student to help with the costs of their child’s education expenses such as uniforms, book, subject fees, excursions & camps etc.

Criteria:
• Parent/Carer in possession of Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card;
• Parent/Carer have responsibility for a child/children regularly attending school (90% or more);
• Student(s) attend a Partner School (Reynella East College is a partner school);
• Student(s) in a school year Primary to Year 8.

To apply, download and complete the Referral Form below, then return to your Student Wellbeing Leader, who will forward the application to the Smith Family.

TSF Scholarship Referral FORM TSF Scholarship Fact Sheet

 

 

 

Term 2 Update

As Term 2 commences, we would like to take the time to let families know of the support available from the Student Wellbeing Leaders for Term 2 as students re-commence their studies either on site or via the flexible learning model.

Michelle Lee (R – 6), Alan Peat (7 – 9) and Karen Pearce (10 -12) will be on site from day 1 of Term 2 as per normal. We are contactable by phone, email or direct message during school hours (8.30am – 3.00pm):
Reception: 8329 2300
Michelle Lee: michelle.lee215@schools.sa.edu.au
Alan Peat: alan.peat834@schools.sa.edu.au
Karen Pearce: karen.pearce333@schools.sa.edu.au

We are, however, ceasing our face-to-face meetings with caregivers, for both your and our health and wellbeing. Meetings with students will be as per normal if they are on site. If, however, your child is continuing to remain at home accessing the flexible learning model and they feel they need to talk to one of us we can contact them through Direqt Message on SEQTA (for Years 7-12), over the phone or where appropriate we can use video chat through Google Meet.

In line with protective practices, any conversations via any means with the young person whilst they are at home, ideally should be conducted in a shared family space. If the conversation is via video conferencing then we would recommend that the young person is appropriately attired (no PJs or dressing gowns) and that they position themselves in such a way that a blank canvas is the back drop.

Scroll further down this page to find some useful links that you may like to recommend your young person utilise if the need arises outside school hours. If you are unsure about anything, however, we are only a phone call or email away.

Kind regards,
Karen Pearce, Alan Peat and Michelle Lee

Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

These are difficult times. People all over the world and all over the country are grappling with COVID-19, in all different stages and circumstances. This experience is forced on us, so let’s cope with it in healthy ways as a school community.

For our young people, routine is the key. Psychologically reacting in unhealthy and unproductive ways can amp up the concern and uncertainty our young people are feeling. As they work from home, let’s try to normalise their education as much as we can:

• Promote regular waking and bed times to help children develop a sense of purpose for each day
• Suggest they get dressed in their school uniform for the day of education
• Follow their timetable as though they were on site
• Prepare recess and lunch before the school day starts so that it is ready to go at appropriate break times
• Have a list of physical activities young people can undertake at break times to help them feel refreshed when they re-settle to continue working

Reynella East College staff are very mindful of the disruptions to your usual routines that the presence of this virus is causing. Information, conversations and increased levels of stress in the community can lead to people feeling overwhelmed. Knowing what information to trust can also be challenging.

We have sourced a range of useful links for either personal use or for sharing with your family and friends, but this does not replace the existing wellbeing services we offer. Please continue to make contact with us via email, direct messaging or by phoning the school if/when needs and concerns arise – we are here to support you.

Headspace:

• Managing stress related to the COVID-19 virus, including tips to maintain a healthy mindset: click here.

• e-Headspace, a free online counselling platform: click here.

Kids Helpline:

• WebChat counselling: click here.

• Phone counselling: 1800 55 1800 (free and confidential)

ReachOut:

• Self-care tips: click here.

• Professionally reviewed self-help tools-and-apps: click here.

Youth Beyond Blue:

• Mental health information: click here.

• Online chat forum: click here.

• Phone counselling service: 1300 22 4636

Black Dog Institute:

• Dream On: smart phone app trial for young people experiencing sleep difficulties: click here.

• Self-help tools and apps: click here.

Head to Health (government search engine for locating information and resources on a range of topics):

• Sam the Chatbot: click here.

School TV:

• Coronavirus: a guide for parents: watch the video here.