Welcome to another year at MDHS!
Here at MDHS we care about our students and are keen to see them thrive in all areas of their lives; academically, socially and emotionally as well. As Chaplain at MDHS my key focus is to support social and emotional wellbeing of our students and this happens in a number of ways.
BUZ values programs – To help our students develop the life skills they will need to face life's adversities we deliver BUZ (Build Up Zone) values programs. BUZ values programs are all about empowering children with important life skills, skills that will help them develop healthy relationships. These include; social skills, respect and ethical skills, emotional competence skills and restorative practice skills, as well as how to build resiliency.
BUZ is lots of fun and caters for all learners using music, games and stories among other activities. There is also the opportunity for students to share from their own experiences.
Breakfast Café - Breakfast Café runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Home Economics room and begins in week 2 of term 1 running right through to the last day of school in term 4. Breakfast Cafe is a great opportunity for students to have a top up after a long bus journey or a rushed morning or simply to come in and catch up with everyone before the school day begins. It is also an opportunity for staff to have a relaxed chat with students at the beginning of the day out of the classroom environment. Breakfast Café helps build community and a sense of belonging within our school and is an integral part of our pastoral care of students.
Chaplaincy – Pastoral care is important here at MDHS and that’s why I’m here. There are Youthcare Chaplains in 625 schools across the state who support the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their students.
Here at MDHS I am available to touch base with students one on one or in groups. We can look at strategies that will help them manage their emotions, deal with “stuff” they may be struggling with, provide support in managing conflict issues they may have with peers or just be a listening ear. I also have great resources to share with students and parents alike that can be of help.
We want to make sure that our kids are given the best possible opportunity to learn, grow and shine. If you have any queries feel free to contact me on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the school, or, alternatively you can email me at Allison.Nixon@education.wa.edu.au