brave graduation for Marsden High Students

 Meredith Gray (City of Ryde Council, Active Recreation Officer), Simon James (City of Ryde Council, Section Manager – Sport & Recreation), Angelique Johnson (Marsden High School),  Alexandra Halfpenny (Marsden High School),  Rebecca Cole (Marsden High School),  Michael Paine (City of Ryde Council, Community Project Officer – Young People), Gunjan Tripathi ( City of Ryde Council, Acting Service Unit Manager – Community & Culture

Meredith Gray (City of Ryde Council, Active Recreation Officer), Simon James (City of Ryde Council, Section Manager – Sport & Recreation), Angelique Johnson (Marsden High School), Alexandra Halfpenny (Marsden High School), Rebecca Cole (Marsden High School), Michael Paine (City of Ryde Council, Community Project Officer – Young People), Gunjan Tripathi ( City of Ryde Council, Acting Service Unit Manager – Community & Culture

During the September school holidays, 2realise held the first brave graduation. Brave is an early intervention empowerment program focused on improving students’ overall physical and emotional wellbeing. The program has been running in Marsden High since the beginning of Term 2 with 21 girls having participated throughout the year. Each week the girls are involved in both a physical training session, including resistance & circuit training or boxing, followed by a wellbeing workshop focused on building confidence and empowerment. Some of the topics covered included nutrition, communication skills, goal setting and time management, emotional wellbeing and self confidence building. Students completed a wellbeing assessment at the beginning of the program and again at the end with almost 70% of students having improved in their overall scores. Students also reported making healthier lifestyle choices and engaging with more physical activity. This program has been delivered through a successful partnership between The City of Ryde Council and 2realise.

The graduation ceremony was held at the end of the holiday workshop day which involved a fitness session, breathing session, nutrition and cooking session. Parents and representatives from The City of Ryde Council and Ryde Police Youth Liaison Officer attended the ceremony to support the students and celebrate their successes.

In Term 4, students have continued to be involved in the program with a consultation session with the council, headspace workshop and an excursion being planned for the end of Term.

Picture:  Meredith Gray (City of Ryde Council, Active Recreation Officer), Simon James (City of Ryde Council, Section Manager – Sport & Recreation), Angelique Johnson (Marsden High School),  Alexandra Halfpenny (Marsden High School),  Rebecca Cole (Marsden High School),  Michael Paine (City of Ryde Council, Community Project Officer – Young People), Gunjan Tripathi ( City of Ryde Council, Acting Service Unit Manager – Community & Culture)

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