Term 3 has started with a bang. Already in 4 weeks students have had many opportunities to grow and learn, especially in the areas of self-agency, resilience, relationships and safety.
MANCAVE AND BIG SISTER EXPERIENCE YEAR 7
Greenvale Secondary College again hosted the Mancave and Big Sister Experiences. What a day! The school received overwhelming gratitude from the students for this learning and self exploration opportunity.
VICTORIA POLICE YEAR 7 PRESENTATION
Safety online is everyone’s responsibility. Following on from the educational program during Start Up week, the Victoria Police presented information to Year 7 students in relation to personal safety online. Legalities in relation to actions, photographs and bullying were discussed.
RAISE MENTORING YEAR 7
Fourteen students from Year 7 are participating in the Raise Mentoring Program in term 3.
The Raise Program, supported by volunteers in the community, provides students with the opportunity to improve social and emotional outcomes, decrease negative behaviour patterns and increase engagement with education.
LOVE BITES YEAR 8
Respectful Relationships education is a core compulsory component of the Victorian Curriculum from foundation to year 12. It is all about embedding a culture of respect and equality across the entire school community.
The Year 8 students have been participating in the Love Bites program to enhance their knowledge of respectful relationships.
The Love Bites Junior Year 8 Program consists of:
- Respectful Relationships, Bullying and Gender (Year 8), and covers themes such as respect in relationships, gender roles and stereotypes, gender and relationships, jealousy, sexual harassment and homophobia, challenging harassment, discrimination and gender stereotypes and seeking help.
The aims of the Love Bites Program is:
- To provide a safe environment in which young people can talk about Relationship Violence, and Sex and Relationships.
- To promote and model respectful relationships for young people.
- To raise awareness about Relationship Violence – its prevalence and forms.
- To bring about attitudinal change in relation to Relationship Violence.
- To engage young people, male and female, on the issues of Relationship Violence in a non-sex-segregated environment with male and female facilitators.
- To challenge gender stereotypes, attitudes, values and social institutions that perpetuate male violence against women.
- To deconstruct the myths that exist in local communities and society generally on Relationship Violence.
- To encourage and educate young people to support their friends.
- To educate young people through a creative and relevant process that builds on their existing knowledge base.
- To introduce young people to local service providers in an informal environment.
- To develop youth-led community campaigns on the issues of Relationship Violence.
THINK U KNOW
Recently we welcomed parents and carers to the THINK U KNOW information session. The Australian Federal Police provided valuable information on keeping our children safe online and within the community.
AUSTRALIAN DENTAL HEALTH VICTORIA
The Australian Dental Health Victoria will be visiting Greenvale Secondary College in November.
Forms have been sent home with students, however if these have been misplaced please come into the front office to ask for another form.
Forms are due by 14th August.
FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL NURSE JANAN ALLOUCHE
Dental Health Week is next week (7-13th August). This year the Australian Dental Association is focusing on the importance of caring for your oral health to improve your overall health.
Oral health refers to the condition of a person’s teeth and gums, as well as the health of the muscles and bones in their mouth. Poor oral health – mainly tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss – affects many young people in Australia.
There are links between diseases in the mouth and diseases in the body. Bacteria in the mouth can travel to different sites of the body and inflammation in the mouth can increase the body’s overall inflammation. For more information on this please click here.
There is also some evidence to show that e-cigarette use (vaping) affects the bacteria in our mouth and increases the risk of tooth decay. As young people are increasingly vaping this may have a significant impact on their long term health. More information here.
Without good oral health, a persons quality of life and ability to eat, speak and socialise is negatively affected. This makes it very important to keep our teeth and smiles for life.
If you have not had a recent visit to the dentist, it is a great time to make an appointment.
A visit to your dentist for face-to-face advice is the best way to get your questions answered.
For more information please visit Dental Health Week – Australian Dental Association (teeth.org.au)
NUTRITIOUS EATING AND STAMINA
GSC is working with the requirements of DET, Vic Kids Eat Well program, the school canteen and Food Bank Victoria to educate and to have nutritious food on offer.
Students have access to free fruit everyday. Pears and apples can be picked up from the front office.
Breakfast Club is open to all students on Thursday mornings.
Forgot your lunch at home? Lunch items can be provided to students via Student Services and the front office.
A review is taking place in relation to the food on offer through the canteen.
Home packs are on offer if families need some assistance at home. Please contact Tanya or Steph from Student Services.