Oakhill College raised mental health awareness and $971 to be donated to the R U OK? Charity on Thursday, September 12.
Psychological poverty is an issue very central to our youths and Oakhill College wanted this dark and sensitive issue brought to life through making the day a mufti one.
The result was a community effort.
A gallery of images from the Hills Council R U OK Day Breakfast is available here.
Students and staff donated gold coins to show their support and were encouraged to wear a piece of clothing in the colour yellow.
Deans, and counsellors of Oakhill College, wore yellow ‘R U OK?’ t-shirts and in homeroom, during the day, students were provided with ‘how to start a conversation’ cards which had links to the ‘kids helpline’, ‘youthbeyond blue’, ‘reachout’, and also school resources.
For their dedication and wiliness to help, the pupils were issued with a lollypop.
A magnificent ‘R U OK?’ banner created by the visual arts staff was displayed in the main school yard and the entire school was decorated with vibrant yellow ‘R U OK?' balloons, scattered around every yard to help emphasise the importance of the day.
Many students expressed their feelings about the day.
“The day was a nice way to deal with a difficult situation,” said Ben Tulinsky, a year 8 student.
“It was an enjoyable day, as we got to wear mufti for an important cause," said Nick Byrnes, also in year 8.
Oakhill students are encouraged to ask their friends and family ‘R U OK?’ during the year and whenever someone seemed down.
During the day students were told that by asking this simple question, they could potentially spark a life changing conversation.
The staff and students at Oakhill College enjoyed the day immensely and look forward to consistently helping others by merely asking them if they are ok, and fundraising for this wonderful charity in the future.