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From severe anxiety to Student Leader

Andrew* first started at MacKillop Education at the beginning of 2019. He had severe anxiety, low self-esteem and was generally disengaged from learning.

Throughout the year, he was supported by the Primary and Wellbeing Teams to feel safe at school, engage in learning tasks, and be reflective and honest in acknowledging his own behaviours.

It has made all the difference. Now in his final year of Primary School, Andrew has been elected as a Student Leader, supporting his much younger peers. Earlier this year, he stood up at the Assembly, as a newly elected leader, and read an Acknowledgment of Country to the school community.

His anxiety and unexpected behaviours have decreased as a result of the consistent, structured, and routine learning environment, clear and compassionate boundaries and high expectations. A Key Teacher and Education Support Staff member have supported Andrew to engage with learning and have developed strong and positive relationships.

“It’s encouraging to see Andrew gain confidence in his own strengths and to believe in his academic abilities and self-worth,” comments Andrew’s Key Teacher.

Andrew’s mother has also expressed her gratitude for what his Key Teacher and MacKillop has done for Andrew.

“I’m so grateful for the support Andrew receives at MacKillop from the Wellbeing Team, and for the opportunity the school has provided for him to gain confidence as a learner and to believe in himself.”

*Name changed and stock image used to protect privacy