Students with SWAG build on a legacy

Students across six high schools in southwest Sydney are encouraging their peers to prioritise mental and physical wellbeing.

Image: Peer to peer support: The SWAG team at the Fairfield youth festival.

Students from the Student Wellbeing Action Group (SWAG) are continuing the work of predecessors in sharing a message about the importance of mental and physical wellbeing.

SWAG, which includes six high schools from the St Andrews network, recently featured at the Fairfield Bring It On! Festival.

Throughout the day, the students handed out brochures, ran a soccer-based activity and debuted the student-designed SWAG logo on their T-shirts.

Macquarie Fields High School Head Teacher, Teaching and Wellbeing, Melissa Collins, said the students did a “fantastic job” of engaging with community members, with tips and a brochure on how to manage student assessment stress.

“It was great to see students really demonstrating this year’s focus for SWAG - ‘Unity through Community’ - at the Bring It On! Festival,” Ms Collins said.

SWAG was started in May 2021 by Year 12 student representatives from six high schools in the St Andrews network with the aim of promoting and encouraging better mental health practices and awareness among students and local families.

Read the full story on our Student Voices Hub.

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