R U OK DAY and Big Blue Table Luncheon

You may have noticed staff are wearing blue as a sign of support for the Big Blue Table initiative – this campaign encourages open conversations about mental health over shared meals, fostering a sense of community and support among our staff.

Whilst students are wearing yellow in support of RU OK Day.

RU OK day was last term and we thought we’d celebrate it in October because it was getting very busy at the end of Term Three.  RU OK day is a day when we remind ourselves to ask a simple but powerful question: “Are you okay?”

You see, every single one of us goes through ups and downs in life. Sometimes, we feel happy, excited, and full of energy, but at other times, we might feel sad, lonely, or stressed. That’s completely normal! What’s crucial is that we look out for each other during those tough times.

“R U OK? Day” is all about showing kindness, compassion, and support to our friends, family members, and classmates. It’s about creating a safe space for people to share their feelings, worries, and thoughts. Sometimes, just asking that question, “Are you okay?” can be the first step in helping someone who’s struggling.

You may have noticed our Yellow Tree – this tree is a symbol within our school to promote the RU OK message and encourage people to start conversations with those around them.

A sign will be placed near the tree reminding people to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues who may be struggling with mental health issues.

This tree symbolises joy, hope and optimism.

Remember, you don’t need to be an expert to be there for someone. All it takes is a listening ear, a caring heart, and some understanding. When we reach out to others, we can help them feel less alone and more supported. We can make a real difference in their lives.

Thank you for supporting these initiatives today.