Muswellbrook High School stages inaugural Wellbeing Day at GJ's By the Lake

CYBER-bullying, exclusion and the pitfalls of social media - it can be tough being a teenager these days.

It is one of the reasons Muswellbrook High School year advisor Jamie Sturtridge, and her assistant Sam Fragar, coordinated the inaugural Wellbeing Day, which took place at GJ's By the Lake on Friday.

Almost 140 Year 8 students moved out of their regular classrooms for a bit of outdoor learning at the popular Muswellbrook attraction on Lake Liddell.

And, it wasn't all serious stuff either, laser tag and disc golf made its way on the program, too.

"We're keen for Wellbeing Day to become an annual event," Ms Fragar said.

"The idea is to build connection and belonging among the pupils, as well as have some fun.

"The youngsters were split into five groups [on the day].

"So, they all had an opportunity to take part in each activity.

"For example, one bunch of students examined character strengths and goal-setting - short and long term - to discover their best future self.

"In another, The Girls Academy and Speaking in Colour led an indigenous weaving workshop.

"They taught the pupils a traditional Aboriginal art form, including how to make bracelets.

"Police officers also spoke about positive relationships and other significant life lessons, which they deal with on a daily basis."

The remaining two [groups] enjoyed the delights of laser tag and disc golf.

"We're thrilled with the turnout," Ms Sturtridge said.

"At Muswellbrook High, we want students to feel good and do well academically.

"That's why days like this are important.

"I'd like to thank Ged and Julie Elphinstone (GJ's By the Lake), The Girls Academy, Speaking in Colour, Hunter Valley Police District's Sheree Gray and Will Kirby, as well as the Year 11 leadership team, for being involved and supporting the concept."