This week we launched The Recharge Room. This initiative aims to enrich student wellbeing by encouraging time-out in everyday life. As Glennie girls navigate the sometimes frenetic pace of our contemporary world, it is important to nourish both character and spirit, as much as minds. Whatever aspirations our students have, it is likely they will juggle a multitude of professional, social and personal responsibilities. Therefore, it is essential that during the pivotal developmental phase of identity formation, we teach girls to prioritise their wellbeing and seek balance within their lives.
Encapsulating physical, psychological, social and cognitive health, The Recharge Room will essentially contribute to the development of those skills and abilities known to be valuable for life. The provision of resources and information will allow students to be proactive and responsible regarding their wellbeing. Comprising workshops, seminars, activities and drop-in sessions, The Recharge Room intends to provide a comprehensive matrix of research-informed prevention, early intervention and educative resources to allow students to flourish both now and into adulthood.
The Recharge Room is open for all students from Years 7 to 12 during recess and lunch from Monday to Friday. The Student Welfare Committee and Chapel Committee have been involved in developing this concept along with our School Psychologist and Chaplain. Workshops and seminars on various topics including sleep, hygiene and nutrition for busy brains alongside multiple drop-in opportunities where students can engage in relaxation, mindfulness or even knitting are all planned.
Given the importance of relaxation and stillness in our busy lives, we will offer sessions on relaxation and mindfulness delivered by Mrs Otto and Rev. Sharon. Research suggests that mindfulness skills enhance mental health, resilience, executive functioning and empathy. Opportunities such as these will not only allow students to indulge in some quiet, relaxing time-out but contribute positively to their mental health, social functioning and academic achievement.
Research tells us that there is strong empirical evidence of the link between positive wellbeing and academic success. The Recharge Room will be an exciting and worthy initiative for our School. Expanding our pastoral care supports, while complementing the ongoing commitment to academic excellence, The Glennie School is committed to providing a robust, holistic education for adolescent girls.
Mrs Jodi Blades
Dean of Students