Hello, my name is Matthew Moorcroft and I was the Year 8 Coordinator throughout 2019. I have had the privilege of working with the majority of Year 8 students this year to guide students academically, socially and emotionally to help them reach their full potential in a positive school environment.
In Term 1, Craigslea State High School collaborated with Healthy Minds once again. The Healthy Minds Program is the world's first positive psychology and psychological skills program demonstrated to prevent the onset of symptoms of depression and anxiety while also reducing risk for eating disorders. It taught students the specific skills associated with emotional wellness and resilience. Year 8 students undertook the Healthy Minds Program as a part of an intensive 8-week learning experience. Registered psychologist, Jenni, spoke to the group once a week and Year 8 Form Teachers played a supporting role in this process.
In addition to the Healthy Minds program and their regular scheduled classes, Year 8 students continued to take part in the weekly CAB (Craigslea and Beyond) program. The focus of this program has been on developing the student's social and emotional wellbeing through planned activities covering topics such as goal setting, positive self-talk, healthy friendships, cyber safety and leadership. External presenters, the school health nurse and guidance officer and form teachers helped to present these issues in a way that has proven to be a holistic approach to student wellness.
Year 8 SRC representatives wanted to raise money for a charity that directly supports Craigslea State High School students. For this reason, we decided to fundraise for Headspace, a youth mental health service, during Mental Health Week. We encouraging everyone to wear happy socks and donate a gold coin for the day and SRC representatives sold bright coloured socks at lunch breaks for $5. Over $300 was raised for this worthwhile cause.
After what has been an exciting year, I am looking forward to seeing this group of students grow as Year 9s in 2020. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time at email@example.com.