Morisset High School is facing the mental health of its students head on with a proactive approach

Deputies Geoffrey Fleming and Evelyn Wilson – Babic with student school leaders for 2018-2019 and comfort dog Bella, all form part of the holistic approach toward wellbeing at Morisset High.It’s often said that the youth of today have never had it easier. And while in some contexts that might be so, there’s whole new world of pressure bearing down on our teens today, resulting in horrific outcomes for some.
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Youth suicide in is at an all time high. According to the latest figures from the ABSCauses of Death Data, there were 3027 suicides in during 2015, that’s the equivalent of a staggering 8 suicides a day.

Cheri McDonald, is principal of Morisset High School and says she and her colleagues have recognised the increasing demands for assistance with the mental health and wellbeingfor adolescents over the last 5 years in particular. Since she joined Morisset High, 3 years ago, the wellbeing team have implemented rigorous and proactive strategies to raise awareness and support for studentmental health through selectively targeting a number of government initiatives and programs with external agencies. Links with the Primary schools have been deepened.

“The Morisset community have, unfortunately in the past suffered the impact of youth suicide. It’s difficult to convey how hard that it is to experience and the emotional impact it has on everyone. But all of our schools from K-12 are working hard to change as much as we can possibly influence,”

The last 4 years have been incident free thanks to the ongoing efforts of students, staff, program providers, community groups and the broader business community. Morisset Rotary’s support for adolescent mental health has been ongoing; the club recently raised $32,000 in support of the school’s activities, a result that has encouraged Mrs McDonald and her team.

“It’s been so heartening to see the support for rotary and this cause in the community. Local businesses donated, sent staffto participate and showed how much this issue means, for that we are very grateful.”

“Our students are entering a very different world, for some, withfar less job security than ever. Coupled with the impact of social media, there’s a great need for ongoing education through positive behaviour for learning and building resilience and coping mechanisms. The efforts of Morisset Rotary will greatly assist that.”

While the impact of the schools’work so far is having measurable results, there’s only so much that can be done in 6 hours a day. Working with community and parents to ensure the development of students’ well being continues after the 3.00pm bell, is something Mrs McDonald hopes will continue to build.

“We have so much support, from our school leaders, staff and community – everyone is playing their part. Continuing to build this holistic approach is where we can really can have a lasting impact.”

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OPINIONReflections on a mirror image

After almost three years of living in my current house, I’ve finally managed to put up something close to a full length mirror in my bedroom.
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Until now, I’ve had to check that my shoes match my top in one of my kids’ rooms, which has offered some practical difficulties (especially when they’re fast asleep and I’m having one of my late-night wardrobe-sorting sessions).

So the bequeathing of an old mirror –only slightly afflicted by black spots –was very handy.But I couldn’t have anticipated how disconcerting it would be to catch a glimpse of your reflection when you don’t expect it.

The mirror’s only been there a few days, so every time I enter the bedroom I think there’s some dowdy, old woman walking towards me from the other side of the bed.

Wait! She’s wearing my clothes…and she should really see to her hair…

It’s on a door, so the angle changes daily.

Normally I front up to the mirror from a carefully chosen viewpoint with mylooking-in-the-mirror expression. (You know we all have one.)

Now, I’m surprising myself from weird and disturbing angles, catching side and rear images I can’t unsee.It’s really messing with my self-perception. I think I preferred not knowing the truth.

The funny thing is, this is how other people see me all the time –from the side, with unflattering expressions, talking, walking, hunched over my desk. That’s the real me.

It made me think about tweens and teens with their phones, sending each other 50 Snapchats of the tops of their heads and their most hilarious facial contortions.

They are without doubt more familiar with their own appearance –from every angle –than any generation in history.

They might only post the most meticulously curated images onto Insta, but they scrutinised themselves repeatedly to get the best one.

While I routinely deride the vanity shown by some of them, perhaps I’ve overlooked the benefit of all this (literal) self-reflection: at least they won’t get blindsided by a side view.

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JEFF CORBETT: I have nothing to fear from CCTV, ever, and too bad if you do.

I’ve never had a problem with privacy. As a journalist I would and did happily publish information people would claim as private and you would happily read it. Indeed, usually the reason I’d write and you’d read this private detail was that it had been locked away for a reason, usually a damning one.
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No, I’ve never had a problem with other people’s privacy, and it is more than coincidence that the private information you like to read is someone else’s.

I don’t have a problem with mine, either. There’s not much about me I haven’t told this paper’s readers over the decades, sometimes to my family’s dismay, and right now I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t disclose in the right circumstances. You might.

Privacy, I believe, is an outdated concept, and that can be seen in the fact that CCTV cameras are everywhere. Twenty years ago the Greens and other loonies were up in arms about proposals by councils to install CCTV cameras in public places. In Newcastle the Greens were livid red.

The privacy of everyone whose presence was recorded by these cameras would be invaded, they cried,and when they were pinned down some would argue that even the filming of someone committing a crime was an invasion of the criminal’s privacy. Innocent until proven guilty, they’d cry, or until we saw the film, I’d add.

Indeed, about this time civil libertarians (I call them criminal libertarians) were shrill with horror that a Sydney homeowner had posted on the internet good film of two burglars busy at work in his home, and their loudest squealing was for the fact that the burglars had been shamed.

Shaming, they said, was a punishment and it was not for the victim of a crime to punish the perpetrator. Punishment was a matter for only the court, they said.Now, happily, publishing video and photos of crims by police, media, businesses and individuals is commonplace, and wonderful.

I like to imagine the horror in the home of the fellow whose photo appears in the paper as a person police want to speak to about a bashing and robbery. The panic, the exploration of possible alibis, the frantic invention of witnesses who didn’t see him do nothing sir, the phone ringing every few minutes, then the loud knock on the door.

The privacy push used to argue that CCTV does not stop crime, and clearly it does not stop all crime, but catching criminals certainly reduces crime and CCTV footage helps police catch criminals every day. I believe the installation of high-definition CCTV should be a condition of every commercial council approval.

Years ago when I wrote about shopkeepers displaying photographs of people stealing in their shops, like shoving bottles of alcohol into their underpants, most told me that their losses to thieves were much reduced since they established the shoplifters’ gallery. Prospective thieves did not want their photo on display.

I have nothing to fear from CCTV, ever, and too bad if you do.

You have nothing to fear from the dashcam camera in my car, either, unless your version of a collision differs from the reality. Another reason I have a dashcam is to record my own driving and speed, which I know could be a two-edged sword, in case I am wrongly accused by police of speeding or other driving offences.Lately, too, police have been calling for film from dashcam owners who were driving in the vicinity of a serious crime.

We are filmed everywhere. On the street, in buildings both public and private, on the road, in service stations, on buses, in taxis, in banks, at ATMs, at shop counters, everywhere and often where you least suspect it.

Facial-recognition technology is coming to your, and my, neck of the woods, and I’m delighted about that.

One day banks, pubs and clubs, and real estate agencies among others will use the technology to know that the person walking through the door has a history of robbery, violence, fraud or, even, not paying rent. And just as police now use number plate scanning as a matter of routine they will, I hope, one day soon use face scanning as routinely.

Killers and rapists are now being caught by their relatives’ DNA, not their own. Young Johnny pays for a DNA profile to show his ethnic mix or the illnesses he is more likely than others to contract, police get DNA records from the profiling firm, police realise that someone very close to Johnny raped a woman 25 years ago. Bye bye Uncle Bob.

It is a thrilling invasion of criminals’ privacy.

Our computers record everything we do with them, and that information is often sold. Search the net for information about kayaks and soon you’ll be targeted by kayak sellers. Our plastic cards tell many organisations much about us and our preferences. ID scanning in such as licensed clubs tells more about us than our name and address.

And are you sure no one is hooked into your mobile phone, listening to your calls, reading your texts?

Do you care? I don’t.

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Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence returns to hometown of Newcastle after her release from Indonesian jail

She’s home: Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastle Picture: Cameron Hutchison
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HOME: Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastle. Picture: Matthew Kelly

WAITING: The media ahead of Renae Lawrence’s arrival at Williamtown. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Renae Lawrence steps off the plane in Newcastle. Picture: Matthew Kelly

n Renae Lawrence leaves Bangli Prison in Bali, Indonesia after serving a 13-year sentence for drug trafficking. Picture: Amelia Rosa

TweetFacebookShe’s home: Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastlehttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/ca9PEGecaS6H9cg52NNyKi/0059ebb1-8fcd-4565-8483-8bf90ca1ee98.jpg/r0_597_4032_2875_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgFreed Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has arrived in Newcastle after 13 years in jail in Indonesianews, local-news, 2018-11-22T09:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970236287001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970236287001Renae Lawrence at Newcastle Airport. Video: Matthew KellyThe group then sped off.

They had earlier travelled on an overnight flight from Bali to Brisbane, where they were met by a large media pack. A smaller media contingent met them at Newcastle.

At Brisbane airport, Lawrence was asked if she wanted to take a moment to talk about her homecoming but the teary-eyed, 41-year-old declined. Her mother told AAP: “It’s very overwhelming.”

But later, when Lawrence was again asked if she had anything to say she spoke in Indonesian, which translated as: “Thanks to the government of Indonesia, that’s it.”

She’s home: Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence arrives in Newcastlehttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/ca9PEGecaS6H9cg52NNyKi/0059ebb1-8fcd-4565-8483-8bf90ca1ee98.jpg/r0_597_4032_2875_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgFreed Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has arrived in Newcastle after 13 years in jail in Indonesianews, local-news, 2018-11-22T09:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970232083001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970232083001Video: Matthew KellyLawrence, a former panel beater, was released from Bali’s Bangli Prison on Wednesday night after serving 13 years for her role in a plot to import more than 8kg of heroin to from Indonesia.

She is the first member of the so-called Bali Nine to taste freedom after serving time in three Indonesian jails.

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Learning to swim can save your life

Life saving: Every parent and child needs to learn vital personal water safety, survival techniques and swimming from a trained and experienced professional.Summer and playing in the water go hand in hand. When temperatures soar many Aussie families head to the beach, take a dip in a backyard pool or visit a local lake or river in a bid to cool down and have some fun.
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Water baby: Children should enrol in swimming lessons from around six months of age.

But has each person in your family learnt the vital, life-saving skill of swimming?

The Royal Life Saving Society 2018 National Drowning Report indicated that last year there were 249 drowning deaths and 551 people hospitalised for non-fatal drowning.

“Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children under five,” said Jade Hanson from AUSTSWIM, a not for profit organisation educating teachers of swimming, water safety and aquatic fitness.

“With the increase in choices for extracurricular activities, swimming lessons are not always seen as a foundation life skill. But it is essential to be armed with the knowledge and understanding of water and safety.”

Knowing how to swim is not only an important and potentially life-saving tool there are also many other advantages to enrolling in swimming lessons. These include:

Itkeeps kids active: It can improve general health and fitness, develop strong joints and build muscleYou can enrol all year round: Swimming is not a summer-only sport in fact the best way to retain the skills learnt is to keep swimming even in the winter monthsIt’s fun: It’s a great way to make friends and most teachers will incorporate elements of fun and playIt teaches perseverance: It takes more than one lesson to learn to swim so children will learn to keep trying andto not give upIt opens up many new sports: As their skill level progresses kids can tryother sports like surfing, kayaking, diving and moreChildren are encouraged to enrol in swimming lessons from around six months of age but it is never too late to learn, there’s also classes for adults.

When choosing a swim school it is important to make sure the lessons are conducted by licensed teachers (lookout for the AUSTSWIM platypus symbol), that they group lessons according to age and skill level and that they have safe teacher to student ratios.

AUSTSWIM reminds parents that irrespective of aquatic ability, children are never completely safe when in, on or around water and must be constantly supervised by an appropriately skilled person.

“Supervise by always remaining within arms reach of the child,” Jade said. “Drowning is a silent killer; it takes less than a minute for children to start drowning. That’s the time it takes to answer a phone call, the front door, put the kettle on or fill a water bottle.”

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