13 December, 2020
Gilgandra High School officially opens their Wellbeing Hub
The Wellbeing Hub comes with two new positions including a new head teacher role, with the hope of providing students access to much needed resources saving the need for travel.
Gilgandra High School (GHS) held the official opening of their new Wellbeing Hub. The new building has been three years in the making and on Friday the official ribbon cutting was held, and students and stakeholders alike were invited to see what it all looked like.
The new building will come with two new positions in the
school: the wellbeing head teacher and a student support officer which will
both begin their roles in 2021.
The soon-to-be wellbeing head teacher Margaret Schier said the hub will be a nexus of outside providers and internal services that will allow students to access services without having to travel.
“We’ve got meeting rooms they can operate out of, we’ve got the Hear Our Hearts Ear Bus, the school councillors and trained councillors come in,” said Mrs Schier.
“We’ll also be training our year 10’s in our You Can Do It program here. Gilgandra Multi-Purpose Health Service will use the building for immunisations. We’ll be doing wellbeing programs next year with our new positions to meet the needs of our students and give them opportunities to make smart decisions and improve wellbeing.”
Mrs Schier said that she was a feeling a combination of “daunted and excited” about taking on her new role next year.
“There are lots of things that I can see that students could possibly benefit from. I have a real passion for nutrition, a passion for the link between good nutrition and mental health as well as physical health.”
The incoming head teacher will also be focusing on things such as communication skills, aiding access to health services, stress management and goal setting among other areas.
During the opening ceremony school principal Erica Burge said the facilities will “form the basic of a coordinated approach” to providing services to GHS students.
The facilities also include signage designed by GHS students Ashleigh Carlow and Mikey Raglus.