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Year 7 Clare students creating their canvas wall hanging which will hang in their Homeroom.

The return to Term 2 for Year 7 was a very positive one and the students should be commended on their enthusiasm and participation in the following activities.

Year 7 Homeroom Canvas Wall Hanging
Year 7 students have been busy with designing and creating a canvas wall hanging for their Homeroom. The theme of each canvas reflects a theme that bonds the students as a group and each student's contribution to the canvas is an acknowledgment of their connectedness to their Homeroom peers and their school.

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Year 7 students creating their Homeroom wall hanging.

Year 7 Grade Chats
Every Thursday during Homeroom, Year 7 students participate in a community building activity. In the lead up to the school athletics carnival on 6th June, Year 7 students are using some of this time to practise their House cheer and on other Thursdays, the students are engaged in a ‘Grade Chat’. This involves Homerooms sitting with each other and, using conversation starter cards, engage in a conversation with students they may not have yet met.

Year 7 Catherine McAuley Westmead students
Year 7 students participating in a Grade Chat as they engage in conversation with students they may not have yet met.

Peer Mentor Program
In the first few weeks of this term Year 10 Peer Mentors are working with Year 7 students on building their resilience. One of the activities organised for Year 7 is playing the game ‘On The Plus Side’. Students are given a card with a scenario and are given a few minutes to think of a response beginning with the words "On the plus side.....". The scenarios vary from real (e.g. “You left your phone at home.........”) to the ridiculous (e.g. “You wake up to find you can only communicate through singing........”) - all challenging the students to use positive thinking to boost their resilience.

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Year 7 students playing the game 'On The Plus Side' with their Year 10 Peer Mentors.


Written By

Joanne Rehayem | Year 7 Leader of Wellbeing

Joanne Rehayem | Year 7 Leader of Wellbeing
Catherine McAuley Westmead

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