Bailey, Tom, Jade and Amy developed and delivered a pilot project to help increase frequency of exercise amongst year 10 students. The project was delivered over one school week and enabled year 10 students to take part in a mid-class exercise break. The secondary goal was to use frequent exercise to help increase attention regulation within the classroom. The pilot project was successful and the recommendations for the school were to incorporate mid-class exercise into Maths, English and Science classes through the whole school.
Jameson, Jocelyn, Ella and Eliza focused on improving the transition process between years 9 and 10. They ran a focus group with all of year 10 to better understand the students experience with transition. They also spoke to year 9 students about their expectations of transitioning into year 10.
Using this information, they proposed 6 recommendations to the school. The students had excellent results as 5 out of the 6 recommendations were adopted by the school and were implemented in the 2017 year 9-10 transition program.
Phillipa, Lars, Stephanie and Taya created their project to raise awareness about suppression. They uncovered that within their school, a number of students were not seeking support even when they felt that they needed it. To help overcome this barrier, the SWAT team wanted to create an easy access point, for students to be able to get the information they needed to get help. They began working with their teachers to take advantage of a new school website being built, and were able to provide recommendations for content that would be needed by the students.
Lauren and Alex identified that the transition between grade 6 to year 7 was one of the most daunting moments for many students. The research showed that there was a significant drop in all areas of wellbeing for students once they began year 7. Lauren and Alex concluded that if they could improve the transition experience for students, they may be able to increase positive relationships and connection to the school and hopefully decrease feelings of anxiety. They began to work closely with their closest primary school to strengthen and lengthen the transition process.
Ringwood Secondary College
Alice and Phoebe identified suppression as being one of the top concerns for students within their school. To find out more, they prepared a survey for the students. The results from the survey helped Alice and Phoebe to get a clear understanding of what information and supports the students needed. They then were able to create a wellbeing page on the school intranet which was entirely aimed at providing information and support for students to help increase their wellbeing.
Norwood Secondary College
Peter, Ryan, CJ and Megan chose to produce a video to raise awareness about what suppression is, and what impact it can have on young people. They decided to use the voices of students within their school but have them spoken by the teachers. They interviewed various students within their school to get real life quotes. They mixed these quotes with facts about suppression to create a short video. This video was also entered into the 2017 Maroondah Youth Film Festival – Cinematic.
Emily worked solo on her project, which aimed at increasing healthy food intake. She first thought it wise to connect with students in leadership roles within her school to get support on the project. Emily then prepared a survey for the students to help her understand why so many people were not eating nutritious food, or in some cases not eating food at all at school. Emily was able to use this information to put requests out to local fresh food companies to support her project by providing fresh produce for the students to eat at school.
Swinburne TAFE (Croydon campus)
Andrew and Nikkita worked through the data and decided to tackle healthy food intake at the Croydon campus. They identified that there are little to none healthy food options available on the campus which results in students consuming unhealthy food. Andrew and Nikkita delivered a pilot project to see whether students would take to healthy food if it was available. Over 3 days, they provided a range of fruit and vegetables in the cafeteria area. By the end of the project, all the food had been consumed and the feedback from the students was extremely positive. These results were presented to the campus in the hope that they will make the change to provide healthy food in the future.
Congratulations 2017 SWAT participants!