SPECIAL MESSAGE TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS IN DENI
You’ve Got this Year 12’s!
Cry, Kick & Scream ; just don’t give up.
This is the message on the cards that were included in the Year 12 “ You’ve Got this” bags, handed out to all students who are doing Year 12 in our community.
The message in the card reads as follows:
We know your final year at school has been tough in many ways, and you have missed out on some significant events this year! As the Deni Community, we wanted to do something special to wish you well as you are preparing for, and sitting your finals. Give it your best shot and we know YOU’VE GOT THIS!
“The idea originated with some members of the Deni MHAG group having a chat about the impact of Covid on the current cohort of year 12 students and how much restrictions have impacted them. As a group, our focus is mental health and wellbeing and we thought it would be great to do something supportive for this special group of young people”, Mrs Liebenberg , member of Deni MHAG said.
“It was also important to us that we got the community involved. We know doing acts of kindness is good for our wellbeing . Many people are feeling the fatigue of Covid, and we thought focusing on something positive would be helpful to combat a bit of this”.
Within days of coming up with the project, the “You’ve Got this” Theme was branded by Rene Liebenberg, and ex Deni High Student. Products were ordered with the logo and other appropriate branding on it. The plan was that each student would receive a bag, keep cup and a transparent pencil case, all with the same “You’ve Got This “message on it.
A Facebook post was shared on “Let’s Keep Deni Blue” and within hours we had a group of interested parents and community members come up with products, donations and more ideas to support our students.
The bags further included stress balls, hand balls, sticky notes, a “You’re a survivor” car sticker; scrunchies and earrings and bath bombs for the girls; a voucher for the boys and a range of lollies and chocolates for everyone. Beautiful handmade Rocky Roads and biscuits were also donated. Exam essentials such as tissues and hand sanitiser were also included. Deni MHAG also supplied mental health resources about dealing with exam stress and some national Helplines that could be used for when needing a bit of support and a chat.
This project includes all year 12 students from Deni, as well as students from our community who attend school in Moama and Echuca and at boarding school.
Some school teachers got on board and some of the project will include a photo display in the window of the old Eric Sim pharmacy window. The community will be able to view this from the end of the week.
The “Let’s Keep Deni Blue” group will turn red for a while. Messages of support will be able to be posted on this page for the students.
Red Ribbons will form the theme for this initiative and all of community is encouraged to grab a red ribbon from Janine at Deniliquin Florist “ The idea is to make sure the year 12 homes have some red ribbons around them, so if you live next to , or in the neighbourhood of a year 12 student, be sure to grab a ribbon and tie it on their fence or a tree outside their home”. We just want this amazing group of young people to feel the love and support from all of Deni”, Mrs Liebenberg said.
We encourage little acts of kindness and support throughout the month by families, friends, neighbours, groups and businesses. Community will be able to upload messages of support or their red ribbon efforts to The Let’s Colour Colour Deni Blue group on facebook.
Deni MHAG encourages anyone who would like to contribute to this ongoing initiative over the next 6-8 weeks to make contact via Facebook or call Lourene on 0428 281 060 or Julie on 0403 722 117 .
This initiative has been made possible by funding from the Murrumbidgee PHS’s Murrumbidgee Youth grants. “It has also been made possible by our very kind and caring community and we want to thank everyone who have made a contribution to this”.
Thank you too, Channel4Change for your support in making these projects happen in our community.