In the fight against cancer, a small group of year 12 students participated in Fairfield’s Relay for Life. This was a 24-hour community event organised by the Cancer Council to raise funds for cancer research and to honour cancer patients, survivors and carers while also raising the awareness of the effects of cancer towards the broader populace. Fairvale representatives named the ‘Fairvale Fairies’ were headed by I, Patrick Young as Team Captain, and were able to raise over $1600 in funds towards the research, prevention, treatment and support of individuals affected by cancer.
As Fairvale’s team members walked the course of the event, along with many other members of the community, humanity’s solidarity and strength was displayed as they united to aid in the campaign of defeating cancer. Candles, moving songs and memorials were held over the course of the event to mourn those lost to cancer as well as those who have survived. By participating in such a meaningful event, I hope to further Fairvale High School’s presence in engaging and contributing to the community.
Many thanks to the enormous support of team members, teachers, community and friends, the team’s success would not have been possible without them.
Patrick Young - Year 12 Representative (Vice Captain)
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
(Laurence Binyon, 1914)
On Friday the 11th of November, several SRC members attended Remembrance Day services at different RSLs in the local area. This was the day when the Armistice went into full effect and the guns fell silent on the Western Front after four long years of continuous warfare in 1918.
Remembrance Day used to be the day to commemorate those that were slain in the First World War, but now, it is the day to remember all sacrifices, past or present, regardless the battle.
We stood in a respectful minute of silence at the eleventh hour of the day.
Then, the ceremony went on, filled with words of wisdom and hymns. The SRC members, on behalf of the school, laid a wreath in respect for those that lost their lives to defend the country we are living in today.
Lest we forget.
Katerina Linh Nguyen - Year 10 Representative
In October, Fairvale High School has promoted Mental Health month and the theme for this year is ‘Learn and Grow.'
Mental Health is defined as the state of well-being in which every person can cope with the normal stresses of life. The Mental Health Association NSW (WayAhead) is the organisation behind this campaign. The aim of this campaign was to encourage everyone to learn and understand that it is vital for us to look after our mental health and wellbeing.
Some tips to cope with stress are:
- Breathe deep release slow
- Volunteer to help others
- Share your passion
- Express optimism
- Listen to live music
- Set a tech-free time
- Remind yourself of the good times
- Explore local surroundings
- Have a mindful moment
- Learn ways to stimulate your mind
The SRC also acknowledged the different avenues in which a student can access additional support networks to explore their own personal issues. The SRC mainly focused on eheadspace which is a confidential free space where young people aged 12 -25 or their families can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. It is important to receive counsel on issues such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety and relationships.
If you feel like you need to seek help, this source will always be available.
The SRC also opened the discussion of mental health during recess and lunch breaks by raising awareness on how to deal with stress. We approached the student body with postcards, tips and information and asked them ‘are you okay?’ This campaign successfully informed the students and teachers about the impacts mental health has on individuals and how to effectively manage it.
Harry Ly - Year 12 Representative
Fairvale High School Space for School Captains and SRC events and information.
moderated by SQ
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 whose aim it is to improve the school by voicing the opinions of the student body and to promote school spirit.