Perhaps not surprisingly, a recent poll of our P&C members indicated that student well-being at school rated at the top of the priority of our parents and carers. We have gathered some resources to help guide school leaders, families and community members requiring support for young people.

PROJECT ROCKIT 

PROJECT ROCKIT was started over 10 years ago by sisters Rosie and Lucy Thomas. Their mission is to create a world where kindness and respect thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice and all young people are free to realise their potential 

P-ROCK’s team of young presenters head into school classrooms all across the country delivering positive, strengths based workshops on topics like empathy, resilience and social leadership.

PRTV

PROJECT ROCKIT TV was launched in 2017 thanks to our mates at Google. Found on our YouTube channel, each video unpacks topics that often young people don’t get to talk about in school but really want to.

PRTV: Real talk on tough subjects

Student Wellbeing Hub

The “Parents” section on the Student Wellbeing Hub is a starting point for information and resources about important topics to help make your child’s experience at school a safe and positive one.

Parents play a vital role in the mental health, happiness and well-being of their children, which in turn affects their sense of identity as well as their achievement.
When parents work in partnership with their child’s school there is a shared understanding of the values and behaviours that contribute to a respectful and supportive learning environment.

 

The National Safe Schools Framework outlines the important role of educators, parents, carers and the wider community in working with schools to create and maintain safe and supportive learning and teaching communities that build respectful relationships. The Framework is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the individual national, state and territory initiatives, policies and legislative frameworks currently in place to support students’ safety and well-being.

“Your role is vital in helping to make your child’s school experience a safe and happy one. You can make a positive difference by communicating with your child and connecting with teachers and other members of the school community. Encouraging your child to develop respectful relationships will help them become happy, confident and resilient learners. When your child is coping well with school life their social and emotional development will have a positive influence on their sense of belonging and will improve their learning outcomes.”

Source: Student Wellbeing Hub

SEE MORE RESOURCES

 

Student wellbeing at school

Schools develop a safe learning environment in collaboration with their school community to enrich learning environments that are open, respectful, caring and safe. See the Department’s website for more details on supporting student health and wellbeing.

If you are faced with a situation where you need the school environment addressed in regards to your child and student welfare, please contact your school principal directly.

Life Education

Life Education has been empowering children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education for nearly 40 years.

By placing preventive education at the core of the work instills in children the confidence to make safer and healthier choices now and in the future.

Parent resources 

Child resources 

headspace

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

MindMatters

The mental health of students affects all aspects of the school community – from student engagement and academic achievement, to social adjustment and staff morale. Schools that promote a positive environment perform better, attract and retain more students and build a strong reputation in the community. The mental health of all students is a key foundation for school success.

MindMatters is based on the principle that the best mental health strategy is one that prevents issues from arising in the first place. For this reason MindMatters helps schools promote positive mental health through the whole school community, and aims to prevent mental health difficulties in students by taking steps to improve relationships and resilience. MindMatters provides staff with practical advice and guidance so that they can support students who may be struggling with mental health difficulties in a timely and appropriate way. Promotion, prevention and early intervention are central tenets of the MindMatters’ approach.

Support for parents and teens during Schoolies

While P&Cs Qld does not promote “schoolies week” participation, as partners in education and fellow parents we understand that support and education for parents and their children attending the end-of-year celebrations is vital to help enhance the safety of our young people.
As part of the Safer Schoolies Initiative, the Queensland Government has offered a range of safety and support services at the key Schoolies destinations in Queensland. Parents and caregivers are also advised of the following: “Providing alcohol to underage children where there is no responsible supervision is not only dangerous, it is illegal. Penalties are high. If you get caught providing alcohol to your underage child for consumption in an unsupervised environment, you will face penalties of up to $9752.” www.schoolies.qld.gov.au
Resources are available on a Queensland Government dedicated website.
A Facebook page Schoolies Info for Parents has also been established.

 

Each year the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and many Government and community agencies participate in the Safety Response in order to help Year 12 school leavers safely celebrate their end to formal youth education.

Volunteers participate through several community organisations or through a specific pool of volunteers recruited each year for the Schoolies Support Team. Volunteers are asked to apply according to a set of guidelines and conditions, and provided with training.

Schoolies.com

Red Frogs is a support program for young people from the ages of 15–25. Red Frogs recognise that the culture of young people is dominated by alcohol and that excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances can lead to dangerous and life-altering behaviours. Red Frogs make it their mission to provide a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments where young people gather, educate young people on safe partying behaviours, and promote and provide non-alcoholic and/or diversionary activities that engage young people in these environments.