Developed by the Student Wellbeing Advisory Group (SWAG) and overseen by Christina Kilishiri, the director of Senior School, along with college social worker Michelle Brown, the event proved to be a milestone in nurturing the holistic development of students.
The day commenced with an inspiring keynote speech from Lauren Spear, an old scholar (Class of 2009) and the CEO of The Orange Butterfly.
Lauren’s words resonated deeply with the students, emphasising the significance of mental health and wellbeing. The session was followed by a captivating Q&A session with Olivia Quick, a Year 5/6 teacher and endometriosis advocate, and Paralympic swimmer Isabella Vincent, who shared their remarkable journeys of resilience and determination.
The Wellbeing Day also offered many activities to support mental and physical wellbeing. Students had the opportunity to engage in healthy cooking sessions with Nikalene Riddle, a bestselling cookbook author and old scholar (Class of 2003), and explore their artistic side under the guidance of Adelaide’s award-winning artist Ruby Chew.
The day was further enriched by activities such as Just Dance, laser cutting affirmation keyrings, yoga and meditation, and a scavenger hunt that fostered teamwork and active participation. Tai Chi, led by the Chinese Welfare Services of SA, brought the entire college community together in a harmonious and meditative practice.
Ms Kilishiri said creating a supportive environment was paramount in nurturing the wellbeing of students.
“St Mary’s College understands this and has set an exemplary standard for educational institutions,” she said.
“By prioritising mental and physical wellbeing, the college equips its students with the tools to navigate life’s challenges and become resilient, well-rounded individuals”.