Thursday 12th May, 2022
Author:   Bianca Bassett

It was an exciting week at Lakes Entrance Secondary College, who hosted their first ever health and wellbeing week this week. It was an opportunity for students learn about what services they can access to improve various areas of their mental health and wellbeing.
The first day was a speed dating style event with local health and wellbeing services including Gippsland Lakes Complete Health, Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association, East Gippsland Shire Council and Connect Well. Students were broken up into groups and rotated to each information stall to learn about what they offer, how to stay healthy and looking after your mental health.
The students spent time planking with the team from the Lakes Entrance Aquadome, learning about the risks of smoking from Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association, and the importance of connecting with each other from the team at Connect Well. Day two was with Tony Paganella from GELLEN to deliver self-defence sessions. This helped the students build confidence as well as learning a new skill.
On Wednesday, the students participated in the Cross Country. With an incredible effort made by all. Following the cross country, the students were then treated to a guest speaker. Bianca Bassett shared her story of becoming an amputee and how she overcame all medical expectations and impossible odds to grow her resilience and keep her positive attitude. Bianca, a past student of LESC shared some of her life experiences and how 30 years on she continues to strive toward following her dreams and live a happy and fulfilled life.
Overall, the Health and Wellbeing week was a huge success for the whole school community, and reminded all involved the importance of looking after ourselves both physically and mentally and how we can make sure the people around us are feeling safe and happy.