At Berri Regional Secondary College, we have a strong emphasis on Wellbeing.
Our Wellbeing Team work collaboratively to create and deliver programs and initiatives to ensure all young people feel a strong sense of belonging to our school community, creating environments where they can flourish as learners and young people; with a strong foundation of creating communities with shared values to foster and build positive mental health and wellbeing.
With a strong value on student voice and input, regular data collection and analysis drives the opportunities we create for students to access guest speakers and targeted intervention programs, driving the programs we implement to support the wellbeing of our young people.
SCHOOL THERAPY DOG
One key member of our Wellbeing Team is Piper, our school dog. Research indicates interactions with animals has positive outcomes for emotional regulation and developing empathy. Piper is highly valued by students and staff for the positive impact she has on the lives of everyone she interacts with.
DOCTORS ON CAMPUS
In partnership with the Berri Medical Centre, BRSC students have access to confidential medical care with health professionals working in collaboration with the school to attend to students on site. This initiative serves as school-based early intervention, designed to address teenage, family and community needs. Our Doctor’s On Campus program is bulk-billed and available to all students.
VOLUNTEERING AND MENTORING
BRSC is proud to partner with Volunteers SA and Raise Mentoring to provide opportunities for students to build community connections with skilled mentors coming into our school and students volunteering within our local community.
We have a number of Youth Workers on staff, all of whom are an integral support for our students and act as a liaison between student, family and health clinician.
BERRI OUR TOWN
In 2019, the Glossop High School Wellbeing team applied for grant funding and for the opportunity to work with the Fay Fuller Foundation and other Philanthropic organisations on behalf of the town of Berri. Since 2019, ‘Berri Our Town Incorporated’ has been formed.
The Our Town initiative arose in response to the findings of the Health Needs and Priorities in South Australia Report. Commissioned by the Fay Fuller Foundation and undertaken by The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in partnership with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI).
The report uncovered a significant gap between the perceived provision of services from the top, and the actual accessibility of services for individuals. This gap was even more apparent in rural and regional areas.
Further insights found that people living in non-metropolitan areas experienced higher rates of mental health challenges and were less likely to seek help.
The initiative supports towns and regions to define what’s right in and for their community, so that they can reclaim the mental wellbeing of their community.
Berri, and the Berri Regional Secondary College community have committed to working with the Fay Fuller Foundation and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in partnership with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) to develop, fund and coordinate sustainable initiatives to build mental health capability in our region over the coming years.
Berri Regional Secondary College initiatives that are currently being developed through collaboration with Berri Our Town include:
- Nunga Driving: A participatory grant making idea to assist transitions of our aboriginal students as they prepare to leave school
- The Berri Regional Secdondary College Volunteer Involvement Framework: A partnership between Volunteer SA&NT and Berri Regional Secondary College to bring generations together through volunteering
- Raise Mentoring: Bringing community mentors into Berri Regional Secondary College to connect with and support our Year 8 students
- Story Telling in collaboration with Parts of Things: To increase our sense of belonging through knowing our stories