Our focus during this week was on child protection for child protection week. We spent a lot of time talking about being safe and happy and spent time with our children talking and taking them through their health and wellbeing from a holistic point of view, diet, exercise and happiness.
R U OK day was a great way for us to highlight the importance for everyone to take care of themselves from a mental health point of view especially in light of the current pandemic and the changes we have all faced in 2020.
As a service we checked in with our parents and encouraged them to talk to someone if they needed to. We acknowledged our amazing administration and teaching staff at the School and delivered R U OK? Superhero lollipops to let them know we are here for them and we care. We shared conversations and checked in with our staff and our Coordinator made everyone a badge and a bow so we could really get in to the spirit of R U OK?
We checked in with our children and spoke with them in a group about how talking was healthy and good to do. We acknowledged talking was hard to do sometimes so we had a practise getting out of our comfort zone and set up conversation corners where we picked someone who wasn’t part of our normal friend group with the aim of having a conversation about how they were and who they were and to find out at least 5 things we didn’t know about them. We discussed with the children that the more they practised talking the easier it would be to check in with people and make sure they were okay and to also talk to someone themselves if they needed some help or support. They all agreed this was a really helpful activity and I think some newfound friendships were even started.