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,
Term 2 is coming to an end as we see the half point of the calendar year approach. Assessment for the semester has been a big focus of this term, with students and staff working to the common goal of documenting and recording their learning. Semester 1 reports are being sent home this week. Congratulations to all students, families and staff who have worked with them to be successful this semester.
At the end of this term, we wish Amanda Kenna, Judith Coverdale and Gonzalo Gaces well as they embark on some long leave. They have contributed tirelessly to set students up for a great year.
In semester two we welcome new teachers, John Chew and Emma Schuberg to the team of people working with our students.
To all students, families and staff, have a well earnt break and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you for the start of Term 3 on Tuesday the 20th July
Hilary Snaize — Acting Principal
- Tue 20 Jul Semester 2 classes commence at 8.25am
- Tue 20 Jul College Council meeting 5pm. All welcome to attend.
- Thu 22 Jul Year 12 Parent/Student/Teacher Evening from 5.30 to 7.00pm