Fairfield students take time out to focus on wellbeing

Students at Our Lady of the Rosary Fairfield have celebrated R U OK Day? with a full week of wellbeing-focused activities, performances and games.

Children spent time saying thank you to the important people in their lives, making a wish for their future, thinking about words they could say instead of “this is too hard” and recognising that achievement takes effort.

“The activities of the week supported the children in how to personally feel ok and also how to assist others to feel ok,” said Principal Brother Nicholas Harsas.

Wellbeing is such an important part of life

– Br Nicholas Harsas

R U OK Day? which encourages honest conversations about mental health, was commemorated on the Thursday with a special visit from theatre group Brainstorm Productions. They performed their show Sticks and Stones, which provided children with strategies for resolving conflict and building good relationships with friends.

Br Harsas described it as a “brilliant” way to support children to feel well, and focus on helping others.

“Wellbeing is such an important part of life, for young and old,” he said.

“With strong and positive wellbeing then the learning of children will flourish.”

Parents were invited to join in the fun, meeting with students for a picnic lunch on Monday.

Children also enjoyed Friendship and Funny Friday, which saw mixed-age groups gather together to make friendship bracelets and share jokes.

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