Well Being at Star of the Sea

Genesis 2:2
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested … from all His work which He had done.

It has been a tradition at Star of the Sea that we take time as a community to practice well being during week 7 each term. This year, we have identified Well Being as an area of focus within our Annual School Improvement Plan. We believe, that having a strategic focus will complement the foundations that we have in this area at Star of the Sea. Additionally, it emphasises the importance of a shared commitment to developing a culture of well being and positive mental health.

Our goal is to engage the whole learning community at Star of the Sea in the implementation of the ‘Be You’ initiative.

What is Be You?

Be You:

  • is a national initiative aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people.
  • is led by Beyond Blue with delivery partners Early Childhood Australia and headspace.
  • Beyond Blue was appointed to lead the creation and rollout of Be You, a national mental health in education initiative, by the Australian Government in June 2017.

WHY Be You?

The Be You framework is evidence based, aligns to the Australian Curriculum and is endorsed by Brisbane Catholic Education as a resource for schools.

The framework aims to foster and support a learning community that is positive, inclusive and resilient, and where every child, young person, staff member, and family can achieve their best possible mental health.

What will Be You look like at SOTS?

Our school has formed our Be You Action Team to guide the implementation process for our learning community.

Our team is currently engaging in the Be You Implementation Framework. This is a process that ensures foundations are established and actions/strategies identified that enable success for our learning community.

What does the Be You framework ‘look like’?

Be You has five domains that intersect and together span the spectrum of promotion, prevention, early intervention, intervention and post prevention in areas of mental health. These domains are noted below:

  • Mentally Healt​hy Communities
  • Family Partnerships
  • Learning Resilience
  • Early Support
  • Responding Together

For further information around the Be You initiative, please access the link: https://beyou.edu.au/

The process of Be You is designed to be flexible and adaptable to suit the unique needs of our learning community. I look forward to sharing the implementation plan and updates with you in the weeks ahead.

‘Take Time’

Our Well Being Week commenced with a prayer assembly led by our year 3 students. Below are the ‘building blocks’ that remind us of the importance of ‘taking time’:

  • Get healthy: Health body, healthy mind
  • Keep learning: Challenge your mind and seek out new things
  • Show kindness: Give back, show gratitude and bring joy to others’ lives
  • Connect more: Develop relationships, stay connected and care for each other
  • Take notice: Be mindful. Stay in the moment. Experience the world around you
  • Embrace nature: Step outside, connect with the natural world and take care of the planet

Everyone is different, so the ways that you choose to practise wellbeing will be different too. I encourage you all to ‘take time’ and explore the Queensland Government link below to find out some simple ways to make well being a part of your everyday routines: