SLIME, hula hooping and comedy were some of the recent activities at Sacred Heart College to promote wellbeing and laughter.
With Mental Health Week (October 2 to 10) falling in the school holidays, the Sorrento school celebrated early with events from September 21 to 25.
For students, there was an Appreciate a Mate tree where students could hang messages of gratitude to their friends, hula hoop and photography competitions, comedy screenings, colouring sessions and a concert featuring ‘Slime A Teacher’, with all funds raised going to Headspace.
Staff activities included self-defence classes, jewellery making, massages, morning walks and a table-tennis competition.
The school’s wellbeing director Laura Allison also hosted a Fostering Wellbeing in Teenagers parent seminar.
The week culminated in a whole-school art project incorporating the thumbprint of every student and staff member.
“Absence of mental illness does not equate to mental health; there is a lot of science behind the importance of promoting wellbeing,” Ms Allison said.
“It was great to promote laughter, celebrate gratitude and teach mindfulness throughout the week.”
Ms Allison was named school psychologist of the year at the School Psychologists Association of WA’s annual conference on September 24.
She was recognised for her work to improve mental health and wellbeing in schools.
“The world of the school psychologist has definitely evolved and I am constantly trying to adapt professional practice to modern needs and research on teens,” she said.