Research indicates that young people's wellbeing is enhanced when they are strongly connected to their school. Students who are mentally and physically well are optimistic and can engage fully with life. They have a sense of purpose and of self-acceptance, while demonstrating resilience as well as the capacity to sustain positive relationships. Such connections enable students to flourish academically, socially and personally, while allowing them to develop the confidence and skills required to take their place in the world. At Yeronga, every attempt is made to strengthen students' ties with the School and to help them build a support network across the Yeronga community – a community that is built around clear values, aspirations and supportive relationships.
Every student has a designated Care Teacher who students can contact directly for well-being issues. Together with other key wellbeing staff including Dean of Students - Junior Secondary, and Year Level Co-ordinators, this teacher acts as a focal point across a larger network of support staff for students. The Care Teacher regularly monitors the learning and wellbeing of their students through direct contact, regular feedback from class teachers and communication with parents and guardians.
Student Testimonial - Camilla Foresti
If I ask myself what my expectations were before my experience at Yeronga SHS, I find that my ideas were completely different from what occurred during my term of school abroad. My aim was to improve my English skills and I have accomplished that, even if it meant more hard work than I realised. Before coming to Australia, I couldn't imagine how many adventures I would go on and how much fun I would have.
My experience has been amazing and helped me face challenges, making me a mature person and a responsible student. Everyone at Yeronga were lovely and kind, they always helped me and cared about my exchange experience. At Yeronga SHS I got to know many people from all over the world and I had the opportunity to explore the Australian school system. Yeronga is based on friendly relationships between students and teachers and active involvement of students. All the staff and students were very helpful and polite and I wish I could stay at Yeronga for much longer. The term there allowed me to be present at the Yeronga Celebrates Festival, one of the most important occasions to celebrate multiculturalism in the school. I really appreciated the fact that all the students could take part in the event and show pride in their origins. I will always remember that event because it proved how cultural differences can bring people together.
I also enjoyed my free time hanging out with other international students and classmates. One of the best things we did was having barbecue together and going to the beaches near Brisbane.
I was sad to go back home because I didn't want to leave all the people who helped me feel at home and who made my time at Yeronga unforgettable.
This experience has been the best and the most significant of my life so far. I recommend it to everyone who wants to discover another reality and prove themselves.
Other Student Testimonials
"I liked the Education Queensland International (EQI) program and the teachers were really nice. Everyone was friendly. So I loved Yeronga SHS." Iyori, Japan.
"I would recommend Yeronga SHS because it's a nice school, people understand you, the teachers know about you so they help you more and its location is good!" Besma, Algeria.
"I felt that it was a real good choice to come here. I learnt a lot and had a good time because the multiculturalism gives you the great opportunity to meet so many different cultures." Rita, Germany.
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