Peter Moyes students stress down day


Year 8 students Kyle Peart-Whalan, Quinn Amos and Joe Neal.
Peter Moyes students stress down day
Peter Moyes students stress down day
Peter Moyes students stress down day
Year 8 students Kyle Peart-Whalan, Quinn Amos and Joe Neal.

Students at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School in Mindarie swapped their usual studies to take part in Stress Down Day last term.

About 980 students aged 13 to 18 took part in activities during their tutorial time to enhance their overall wellbeing.

Teachers and parents offered a variety of activities for the students to choose from, including aromatherapy relaxation, cupcake decorating, card games, meditation, mindful colouring, origami, Pictionary and stress ball making.

Physical activities including badminton, basketball, boot camp, fitness circuit, self defence, yoga and Zumba were also popular choices.

Lifeline runs the national Stress Down Day initiative annually in July to encourage Australians to recognise stress and take steps to reduce it.

The school has held events for it since 2012 and counsellor Angela Lamers said encouraging good mental health through positive behaviours had benefited the students’ wellbeing.

“The Stress Down Day activities get our students to take a break and focus on doing something fun and relaxing,” she said.

“By doing so, they are supported to have a more positive mindset and stress levels are reduced.”

Principal Julian Dowse said the day was part of the school’s holistic approach to education.

“Schools have an important role in not only providing supportive educational environments, they should aim to develop in their students the confidence and resolve to manage their lives purposefully and positively” he said.