South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT SCHOOL NEWS - — Ms Ewart, youth sup­port co- or­di­na­tor

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.

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