I’m free tomorrow
11 November 2018
“Do you have a spare moment to chat? I’m free tomorrow.” “Nope, can’t do it. I can do Thursday next week.” “OK, Thursday afternoon it is.” Have you ever found yourself struggling to find the time to do anything for yourself? To make time to improve your own wellbeing? Ken and I were at this same point recently where we just wanted a few moments to chat about how things were going. How ironic! The incoming Wellbeing Coordinators challenged to find the time to talk about their own wellbeing.
So, what is ‘wellbeing’? It’s where the physical, spiritual, social, emotional and intellectual needs of an individual are met, including finding a healthier balance between family, community, leisure and work. Wellbeing is measured according to our ability to cope with and adjust to change, our self-confidence, self-esteem and peer acceptance. Put simply, wellbeing is about ‘how we are doing’ as individuals, as a school and as communities, and how sustainable this is for the future.
Jesus himself put it this way, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b) Our Maker’s intention for us wasn’t just to get by each day and make some sort of living for ourselves on this earth, but seek to thrive and feel fulfilment.
It may come as a surprise to some, but at Avondale School we already have a number of wellbeing programs operating across the campuses. ‘Buddies’ in the Early Learning Centre and Primary School, and the peer support program in the Secondary School both function to enhance wellbeing amongst our students. The ‘Bounce Back’ program that helps build resilience and relationships has been successfully used by the teachers in the Primary School over the past few years. The new Year 9 ‘Challenge’ program has also had a significant positive impact on many of these students this year. All of our outdoor education initiatives and camps all have direct links to wellbeing and developing a positive mindset.
As the wellbeing team, we are looking to support and strengthen these current programs and continue to build on them next year. We also have exciting plans to involve staff and the whole school community in improving their own wellbeing with the help of Dr Darren Morton’s ‘Lift Project’ framework. So as a team, we aim to ask you the question next year. Are you a well being?
John Venegas & Ken Tosen
Wellbeing Coordinators 2019