Alex and Jess

‘Happiness Month’

‘We’re combatting stress by promoting a balanced lifestyle and teaching wellness strategies as lifelong skills.’

The Leadership Team at Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College (CGSC) recognised the stresses of day-to-day life. They decided they needed a plan to combat stress and increase awareness around mindfulness and good mental health.

After much thought and collaboration, the Leadership Team was successful in their application for a $1,500 grant from the Boroondara Youth Foundation, which provided a platform for their project.

School Captains Alex and Jess headed up their dynamic Leadership Team. They created ‘Happiness Month’ – a month long, whole-of-school event that aimed to promote effective stress management and relaxation techniques and assist students to better maintain a healthy balance in their lives. Activities included cooking, sport, dance, yoga & guided meditation classes.

Alex explained that, ‘school can be pretty stressful, whether its friendship issues or getting ready for exams. We think that having a wellbeing program tailor-made by senior students who have a good understanding of issues that other girls are facing would be extremely beneficial for the whole school’.

She said the Leadership Team at CGSC were, ‘very passionate about increasing mindfulness and mental health awareness across all year levels. Students were invited to take part in a whole range of activities, promoting a balanced lifestyle and teaching wellness strategies as lifelong skills.