It wasn't a regular school day for Communicare Academy students who ended the month of September with the annual wellbeing day.
Books and pens were replaced with games, activities and a whole lot of smiles during an event focussed on enhancing comradeship, conversations and the overall wellbeing of our students.
This event is unique to the Academy as it exercises a holistic approach to supporting student's wellbeing – reinforcing positive ways young people can take care of themselves and feel good both mentally and physically through sports and recreation.
Many students took to the courtyard competing in rounds of table tennis, jump rope and basketball while others enjoyed healthy cooking classes and colourful dress ups. The fun couldn't keep staff members away as a lot of teachers also took a break from their regular day to day activities to join in on the action too.
Hosted during Mental Health Awareness month, the day tied in well with other internationally celebrated awareness weeks including R U OK? Day and Womens' Health Week – serving as a reminder to the importance of balance and mental health maintenance for people of all ages.
The health and wellbeing of a child either betters or worsens their educational journey, and as a CaRE school offering an alternative education program to empower at-risk youth who are disengaged from education, it is even more critical to host events like this this that foster conversations, collaborations and a sense of belonging.
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