Creating a healthy balance
The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle
As part of their Health and Wellbeing day held last week, year 11 students from Ursula Frayne Catholic College took part in a special workshop with seven Health and Physical Education students from The University of Notre Dame Australia. The workshop was designed to engage them in activity and raise their awareness of the physical, social and emotional elements of creating a healthy balance.
The 100 Ursula Frayne students participated in 'untangling your tension', 'stretch and flex', 'connect' and 'food for thought' sessions led by Notre Dame student leaders.
Head of the School of Health and Physical Education Professor Helen Parker said, "We were delighted to provide this support for the Ursula Frayne program. Notre Dame Health Promotion Coordinator Fiona Farringdon and the student volunteers planned the workshop to be interactive, fun, thought provoking and educational.
When approached to join the team, our students willingly volunteered their time during university holidays," she said.
Dr Parker concluded, "Ursula Frayne pupil feedback showed that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst also learning new things."
As one pupil stated, "The releasing tension exercises were great because sometimes it is hard to concentrate on study if I have something else on my mind." Another said, "These sessions were very effective in helping me with aspects of my life," and "The instructors did a brilliant job at helping us. I loved it - brilliant!"
"We are considering whether this successful format could be offered as a service to other schools," said Dr Parker.
Sister Joan Buckham, Director of Student Support at Ursula Frayne Catholic College said she was pleased with the event and looks forward to having the Notre Dame students back next year.
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