Alex & Me! Junior Secondary Wellbeing Program
The "Alex and Me!" program is a student wellbeing program delivered to all Year 7 – 10 students at Alexandra SHS by class teachers. Research shows that social and emotional learning promotes young people's academic success and engagement, good behaviour, cooperation with others and wellbeing.
The 'Alex & Me!' program provides students with many opportunities to further develop resilience, persistence and the life skills needed for success. We have an ongoing dedication to provide a program with the most up to date research, resources and activities to ensure a comprehensive quality student needs based program is delivered to all students. Topics covered in the program include organisation and time management, respectful relationships, friendships, esafety and cyberbullying, mental health, alcohol and other drugs – recognising risks, careers and planning for the future.
It is an important part of the school curriculum and is delivered by staff in a safe and supportive classroom environment using latest evidence, research and resources.
Year 7 Orientation week
An important part of the transition from primary school to secondary school, our Orientation week gives Year 7 students the opportunity to explore the school and associated programs and clubs, become familiar with the school timetable, routines and teachers, make new friends, participate in the annual 'Alex and Me!' Games and enjoy a BBQ lunch.
Taskforce is a school based wellbeing group consisting of students from years 7 – 12. Taskforce members have the responsibility of organising and coordinating events throughout the year including community fundraisers, Homework Help and Buddy Bench as well as communicating events to school, parents and the wider community through assembly presentations, social media and community events.
It is with great pleasure that our school was given status as an eSmart school after more than 12 months of planning and implementing actions to ensure the smart, safe and responsible use of technology by our students, staff and school community. We will continue to work on sustaining our eSmart status through school plans and policies, effective teacher practices, an eSmart curriculum and partnerships with parents and the local community.
Junior Secondary Homework Headquarters
This unique homework and assignment help group for junior secondary students is held in the Resource Centre every Wednesday long break. At Homework Headquarters, students have the opportunity to receive help with homework, study, exams and assignments with dedicated teachers and Senior Taskforce members and Senior Leaders
My Place is unique to Alexandra Hills SHS and is a platform where students can report incidents of bullying, harassment and concern to either themselves or other students. It is a confidential system for students to use if they are unable to access the HUB services. My Place can be accessed via the student portal by all students either at school or at home.
Junior Secondary School Leadership program
Our Junior Secondary School Leadership program involves the development and selection of junior leaders from years 7 – 9. A variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities are provided for students to experience and develop leadership including the Year 9 Leadership days, collaboration with local and wider community services and school based programs.
In years 7 - 9 students are able to apply for a range of leadership positions including:
- Alex Ambassadors
- Student Council
- Leo's Club
- Interact Club
- Tech Crew
- Junior Secondary School Captain
- Junior Secondary House Captain
Our Junior Secondary Leaders are role models for all and are exemplary AHSHS students who are highly involved in the school life and follow our motto of Being Safe, Respectful Learners.
Run by the Taskforce members and teacher coordinators, Buddy Bench happens each term during lunchtimes. A range of activities are offered to students to encourage inter year level communication and engagement.
Year 11 & 12 Student Development Program
Our Senior Student Development Program has seen students improve their digital literacy and complete units of work investigating the physical, mental and legal effects of alcohol and related violence, mental health and respectful relationships and domestic violence. Valuable guest speakers from our community (Police, Ambulance, Fire, Red Frogs, RACQ) also played an important role in our senior wellbeing program.
Our end of year DecemberFest program encourages our junior secondary students to be engaged during lunchtimes in a range of sporting, cultural and academic activities during the last two weeks of term 4. Our very talented teachers provide a diverse range of fun and challenging activities for students with opportunities to win prizes over the two weeks.
Awards and accolades
Our Student Wellbeing Program has won several awards for it's uniqueness on ongoing dedication to updating, improving and providing students with a quality wellbeing program.
We are very proud of the following accolades received for our Alex and Me! wellbeing program:
Regional Showcase Award Winner – Best Student Wellbeing Program 2014 & 2015
State Showcase Award Finalist – Best Student Wellbeing Program 2015
Queensland Community Achievement Awards Recognition 2017
Semi-Finalist 2018 Queensland Community Achievement Awards
Australian Educator Awards Finalist – Best Student Wellbeing Program 2018