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Kimberley College students thrive at the annual wellbeing event

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Kimberley College once again has been able to host its signature two-day Invictus Wellbeing Conference on the 21 – 22 April on campus at Carbrook.

This year’s conference theme ‘to Thrive & Flourish,’ saw over 750 students from prep to Year 12 participate in a wide range of wellbeing presentations, workshops and experiences delivered by external guest speakers or facilitated by Kimberley College teaching staff. The conference provided students with a unique all of school learning experience, whilst at the same time expanding knowledge, skills and allowing students to explore topical and thought-provoking issues in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Deputy Principal, Janine Parkinson said “Given the challenges that we continue to face both locally and globally – our Invictus Wellbeing Conference provides a timely opportunity for students to pause, reconnect with self and others as well as strengthen personal & social capabilities.”

Sessions included St John’s Ambulance equipping younger students in prep to grade 2 with potentially lifesaving skills on how to stay calm, understanding big and small accidents and how to get help. Primary students unleashed their creativity with RAW Art and attended a session to understand just what is in your household waste.

Bayside Boxing and Balance provided a strength, resilience, and balance workshop for middle school students across years 7 to 9 and senior students attended sessions on mental health, how to deal with negative cultural messages on relationships, resisting the ‘bystander’ effect and challenging violence against women. Kimberley College year 7 student Tyler Lovelock said, ‘I really enjoyed the two days; it was different to the usual day at school and my favourite activity was the boxing and yoga session’.

On the Thursday night, Kimberley College’s parents and members of the local community were invited to the school to hear keynote speaker, respected author, media commentator, blogger, and advocate for young people Melinda Tankard-Reist and her colleague Daniel Principe as they delivered a powerful presentation on how the media and pop culture is negatively influencing children to grow up too fast with an over awareness of their appearance and physical looks. With the bombardment of sexual imaginary surrounding us daily in advertising, video games, music videos and the accessibility of internet porn, it is impacting both the behaviour and attitudes of children in ways that are damaging and not conducive to positive healthy long-term relationships.

Logan City Councillor, Miriam Stemp who attended the presentation said ‘It was certainly an eye-opener and quite concerning. It made me aware of the need to be more conscious of the messaging our children encounter every day and take steps to protect them from it where possible.’  The session concluded with resources and practical tips from installing of software on computer devices, to modelling of healthy behaviours in the family home. Parents also need to respond calmly and honestly to situations as and when they arise and to keep the lines of communication open with children so that they can raise happy, healthy, and resilient young people.

The two-day school event culminated with a live DJ and food stalls to mark the close of the Invictus celebrations. Principal Glenn Johnson said ‘These last two days have been amazing to see the students so engaged and to take such a genuine interest in the sessions on offer. I cannot wait to see where they go from here and I have already heard of a couple of student lead social projects in the pipeline inspired by the sessions. We are enthusiastic to start planning for next year’s all of school annual wellbeing conference, it is now such an important event on the school calendar.’

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