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:

Strategies for Emotional Reactions

Using Positive Language
Sometimes when our young person is having an emotional reaction, it can be difficult to choose the right words to soothe them and get them to begin to problem solve. As parents/caregivers we instinctively want to solve the issue and make it all better. However, unintentionally our own emotions can come to the fore and inflame the situation further or make the young person feel unheard. When supporting our young person to regulate their emotions we need to use positive language.

 

Rather than say… Try…
Calm down How can I help you?
Stop crying I can see this is hard for you
You’re OK Are you OK?
Be quiet Can you use a softer voice?
Don’t hit Please be gentle
Stop yelling Take a deep breath, then tell me what happened
Don’t get upset It’s OK to feel sad
Don’t interrupt I can see you’re excited to share your ideas

 

Self-Regulation Activities
Working with your young person on self-regulation strategies is a good way to ensure that if you or another adult are not available to talk with them when they are having an emotional reaction, they can self soothe.

  • Breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breath. This engages different parts of the brain. Focusing on breathing helps with focus, calmness and emotional control.
  • Listening to music with 50 to 60 beats per minute, which can significantly reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and can help bring breathing back under control.
  • ‘If…then’ plans are helpful for young people with self-regulation challenges, making positive actions more automatic.
  • Belly breathing brings down the heart rate.
  • Mindfully noticing external environment to connect with the senses: sight, smell, touch, sound.
  • Detailing memories of being safe, calm, connected and experiencing joy.

Obviously these are not the only strategies and we would love to hear from you if you have other methods we can share with the school community.

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 Parties 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

 

 

 

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.