YOUTH SUPPORT INITIATIVES KICKING GOALS
IN 2017, Murgon State High School launched a full- time Youth Support Initiative as part of its whole- school support approach. The initiative reflects the specific needs of the school and its students.
During the year, students have participated in a range of programs and workshops that support positive behaviour, learning and engagement in school life, at home and in the community. Kickstart @ the Breakfast Club Run three mornings per week, with the chaplain, youth support co- ordinator, school nurse and a local pastor. The program is available to all students; it is a relaxed social environment where students can meet up, play games, chat and eat a healthy breakfast before the school day starts. Giant Games MSHS has a range of games that are run by the chaplain and youth support co- ordinator in the morning and during breaks. We also have youth workers from CTC South Burnett who come in for two lunch breaks through the week. All students are able to participate in the games or just come and cheer us on. Adventure Based Learning programs The ABL programs incorporate a variety of practical activities to help build resilience, emotional intelligence and conflict resolution while learning and engaging in problem solving, patience, assertiveness communication. and This effectual supports the students to engage at school, in the community and at home. In Sync for Year 7 Girls Teaching students the importance of positive communication, teamwork, diversity and respect at school, in the community and at home. Untouchables for Year 8 Students Teaching the students about health and well- being, which adds to positive outcomes of self- awareness and self- esteem. This increases the students’ sense of respect for themselves, their peers and those in authority positions. On Point For students who are at risk of disengaging from the school system, are struggling with behaviour or who are being suspended. Equine Assisted Learning Students work directly with horses face- to- face on the same footing. This ground- level work enables students to better perceive the horses’ actions and reactions as they aim to process and solve challenges. Horses offer students honest feedback and usable information that helps them understand how their process and actions affect others and impacts on their own lives. Riding, Handling and Resilience Program The aim of the program is to focus on self- esteem, communication and resilience through handling and riding skills. The program challenges and inspires students to use their strengths and talents as a personal resource at school, at home and in the community. Blue EDGE Program The Blue EDGE Program uses physical training as a tool to help young people develop discipline, learn goal- setting skills and grow through the achievement of personal goals. Improved physical health promotes improved mental health. Students learn the importance of teamwork, and to motivate one another as well as themselves to achieve their goals. This program is run two mornings per week, before school. At the end of the workout the students and facilitators sit together with local police officers who prepare a healthy breakfast for all.
PRACTICAL SKILLS: Adventure Based Learning programs help build resilience, emotional intelligence and conflict resolution.