It’s been a few weeks since my last post, “Lot’s of Action for the Wolfpack in 2018” where I outlined many of the opportunities available to Woodhaven Middle School Students as we started the new year.
It seems timely, with the Bell Let’s Talk Day fast approaching, that I share some of the work that happens within our school to support the Health and Wellness of our students throughout the year.
Previous posts have outlined many of the opportunities for our students with respect to physical health and wellness. Everything from our Daily Physical Education, to Intramurals, Ski Club, our newly formed Wrestling Club and our six Basketball teams for provide a variety of opportunities for students at varying skill levels and with diverse interests!
At Woodhaven Middle School we recognize that there is more to supporting wellness for our students. We are extremely fortunate to have an involved Parent’s Association who support our Grab and Go Breakfast program. This program is run through parent volunteers (we are always seeking more help for this worthwhile initiative). If you are interested please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lei Grys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Mental and Emotional Wellness at Woodhaven takes many forms. We are really proud of our Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) who work with Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Fiala to bring small wellness initiatives alive in our school. Our students take the lead on efforts such as their “Post it” project in which they wrote positive messages on post it notes and placed them on lockers. They then encouraged other students to do the same and created some great, positive energy within our school!
Perhaps the most significant work going on within our school to support health and wellness comes from Mrs. Scheidl (our School Counselor) and Mrs. Fiala (our Community Support Worker). These ladies work tirelessly to support both our students and their families in so many ways.
This year, these ladies have supported programs such as:
- Rainbows & Spectrum supporting students dealing with grief and loss
- Our Girls Group, which works in conjunction with Family Community Support Services (FCSS) Spruce Grove
- Social Skills Resilience Group
- Blanket Exercise which is a “teaching tool to help share the historic and contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada” (facilitated by Mrs. Scheidl, Mrs. Traxel and a team of student leaders)
- Recess Club, which provides a supervised, structured alternative for students to interact together and build their conflict resolution skills in a supported and positive environment
- Social Skills/Friendship Group which provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other and our facilitators and to apply social skills lessons and programming in an authentic setting with adult support.
While this is a pretty long list, it is truly only a sampling of the ways in which our staff are supporting the wellness of all of our kids. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to watch all of our staff interacting and supporting our kids on a daily basis within our school!
Keep an eye out for my next post, which will share a few of the really engaging learning opportunities that have been happening for our students!
Mr. S. Patras
Principal, Woodhaven Middle School