RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS INITIATIVES
IDAHOBIT DAY (international day against LGBTQIA+ discrimination) took place on Wednesday May 17. Homeroom was extended by 5 minutes across the school to allow for the homeroom teachers to deliver a short ten minute lesson to educate students on the day. Head of Student Services Isabel McGann also launched our ‘Inclusivity Lounge’ in T120 at lunch time. The room is decorated with signs and educational posters. The students listened to music, made fairy bread of the different gender and sexuality flags ensuring the space was inclusive and respectful. All students and staff were invited and encouraged to join in and make fairy bread flags and learn a bit about what each flag might mean.
Richie Hardcore, Muay Thai fighter and international speaker on gender, wellbeing & pornography, spoke to our Year 10 & 11 students about CONSENT, RESPECT and the harmful effects of social media & pornography on healthy relationships. We teamed up with Iona College and Thomas Carr College Tarneit and we hosted a very successful community event at the college. We thank our Parents and Friends Committee for supporting this event which saw staff and families come from over 10 different schooling communities. The SBS documentary Asking For It Episode 3 incorporated Richie Hardcore speaking with the 2022 SJC cohort and we are extremely proud of our students contributions and input into this. Respectful Relationships team are also planning towards having an ‘All Abilities’ day to be held in July which is Disability Awareness month.
The Year 8 Lifechanger program has commenced and the students have completed two out of the five sessions that will take place across Term 2 and 3. The Lifechanger coaches are engaging and full of energy which is complemented by the Mt Sion senior school mentors who also join each session. The Year 9 Teen Mental Health First Aid course is also getting some really positive feedback from students and we look forward to completing the course in the next two weeks.
Deputy Principal - Wellbeing