We are writing to let you know that your young person will be participating in a Reach personal development workshop in Week 9, Term 2. The aim of the workshop is to:
• Enhance the social and emotional skills of students
• Build their resilience and self-esteem
• Encourage students to reflect on their behavior and its impact
• Promote self-awareness and optimism
• Provide fun and meaningful experiences.
Reach’s group-based workshops are designed to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people. School workshops are specifically designed to build the self-belief of individual students and positively impact peer-to-peer dynamics.
STUDENT SAFETY & WELLBEING
Reach workshops aim to build self-efficacy in young people and support them to develop the social and emotional skills they need to be resilient and make positive life choices. To achieve this, Reach encourages young people to push their comfort zones in order to create connections with others that can support them to discover these strengths and build their self-belief.
In REACH’s years of experience working with young people, they have recognised that this process can sometimes be challenging and confronting for young people – at times during and after workshops students may experience heightened emotional reactions. According to psychologist John Urbano, “Reach normalises the grief and anxiety of growing up and, in doing so, inspires young people not to be spooked by the emotion of it all, but to dream and to hope for one’s own destiny.”
To support all students in this process of personal development and discovery encouraged by Reach, the highly-trained workshop facilitators engage with young people to create safe and non-judgmental spaces. They also work closely with the school’s wellbeing professionals – who are required to be present at all workshops and offer support and follow-up to students, when and if required.
To assist your young person de-brief their experience and integrate the learning into their life, we would also encourage you to talk to your young person about their experience of the Reach workshop at the end of the school day.
Reach is an independent youth organisation, established in 1994 by Jim Stynes OAM and Australian film director, Paul Currie.
Reach’s group-based workshops create safe and supportive spaces where teenagers can connect and share stories honestly; spaces where they can experience belonging, discover their strengths, and build their self-efficacy and resilience.
For nearly two decades, Reach has been making a positive impact in the lives of young Australians.
Independent research confirms that “Reach helps young people improve self-esteem and gain a greater sense of control over their lives.”
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your young person’s participation in Reach’s Secondary School workshops, please contact Glenda McCarthy or Amanda Kenna on 8958 5000.
For further information about Secondary School Workshops or Reach please visit reach.org.au.
3 June 2021
Dear parents & community members,
This term we have had three new staff members join our team, so welcome to John Chew, teaching Maths and Science, Emma Schuberg, teaching Art and PLP and our new College Counsellor, Rachael Howard.
We are almost half way through Term 3. Year 12 students continue to complete assessments and progress through the heavy workload to finish school. Families, teachers and other support networks are important at this time to promote a sense of wellbeing and the small steps to success as each task is successfully completed. Supports at this time can include optimising class time with teachers,
supported study at the Polly Farmer/study and enrichment centre from 3 – 5pm on Mondays through to Thursdays, extra support time provided by teachers, wellbeing support provided by mentors, tutorial teachers, wellbeing staff including our new school counsellor and so many others.
We would like to hear from all of you in the form of a school survey. Please take the time to provide us with valued feedback about the educational opportunities you would like to be available for young people in Alice Springs. The link to the survey is below and can be accessed for the next couple of weeks. The survey should take less than 10 minutes and we value your ideas about how we can improve our college.
Hilary Snaize — Acting Principal
- Thu 2 Sep Year 9 students transition visit.
- Fri 10 Sep Year 12 Progress Reports mailed home.
- Wed 15 Sep 2022 Information evening from 5.30 to 7pm.
- Tue 21 Sep College Council meeting. All welcome to attend.