Worawa encourages an active lifestyle. Involvement in sport, personal fitness plans, circuit training, marathons and fun runs, movement through dance and nutritionally balanced meals to ensure the health and well-being of all students. Some of the healthy lifestyle initiatives include:
- Well equipped school gym
- Qualified Fitness Instructor
- Personal Fitness Programs
- Healthy eating plans
- Education on nutrition
- Sports Academy
Strengthening Student Practice in Wellbeing
There are a number of ways in which Worawa approaches supporting young Aboriginal women to develop skills and confidence in practising wellbeing in everyday life. Some of these are ongoing programs at the College while other initiatives have provided skills through shorter-term projects.
The impacts of trauma, abuse and disadvantage have a profound effect on the ability for young people to take advantage of educational opportunities. For this reason, there is an inclusion of program activities selected as a therapeutic means of addressing the prevalence of emotional and psychological distress and need among Worawa students, arising in part from a direct or indirect experience of family violence and its consequences.
A wellbeing and health assessment is conducted with every new student and with students returning to the school from holiday breaks. This practice normalizes for students paying attention to physical and emotional wellbeing. The initial wellbeing assessment focuses on the student settling into the school and providing a space for students to bring up any issues they may be having. Often wellbeing issues will arise as the student builds trust with Worawa staff and feels safe to disclose information or concerns. If required counselling with the school psychologist or a specialist service, such as CASA house is provided.
The school nurse works with the student on the health assessment using an outline of the body as a visual cue to assist create a discussion about the student’s body and where they may be having any issues. The nurse explains that this is a quick head to toe check. This process develops the students’ mindfulness of their body and ability to identify their own health issues by pointing this out on a drawn body. This also allows the student to get to know the nurse so that if the student is experiencing any health issues the student has met the nurse and knows whom she is and what she does. The assessment also includes: family history, allergies and a basic physical assessment are also taken (pulse, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory assessment, weight and height).
A picture of the body outline, explanation of a wellbeing and health assessment is included in the orientation booklet for families and students. Occasionally, students seek assistance with physical ailments that stem from or are related to trauma and stress. Commonly these can be headaches, nausea, vomiting, anxiety or insomnia. While all ailments are taken seriously, students are taught to be mindful of body, mind and spirit so they can identify stress and trauma symptoms and implement the skills they have learnt to address these issues.
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Students nutrition is considered important and students have a menu designed by a dietician and during the week do not have ‘sometimes foods’, such as junk food, lollies or soft drinks. On weekends students are guided with moderation in regard to buying and consuming ‘sometimes foods’. Students are encouraged to play a sport on the weekends, such as netball, soccer, basketball, softball and more, to gain fitness, reduce stress, develop team skills, build school pride and increase social confidence. Students are able to access programs such as ‘Love the Skin You’re In’ and a body image program has also been implemented with students aiming to build body confidence and allow students to critically analyse depictions of women in media and popular culture.