THE knock back of a funding application to build a Wellness Pavilion at Rosebud Secondary College was “disappointing”, assistant principal and advisory council member Geoff Seletto said.
The Victorian School Building Authority shortlisted the funding application in February.
The Wellness Advisory Council wanted the money to build the venue for young people experiencing personal challenges and needing enhanced mental health and wellbeing support.
The project will still go ahead but with a greater emphasis on seeking community support.
Described as a Mornington Peninsula “first” the Wellness Pavilion will aim to “empower youth to better address life’s challenges, develop personal resilience, connect with supportive services and feel encouraged to thrive”.
“Although it isn’t the outcome we were anticipating, it nevertheless urges us on towards realising the project, and to that effect we are back to work,” Mr Seletto said.
The council will continue with its fundraising program, and encourage in-kind donations of building materials and time.
“We need the community on board to help us make a difference,” Mr Seletto said.
The first stage of the construction process will include building a mindfulness meditation room and landscaping “to create a sense of calm”. A mindfulness coach will deliver targeted classes, including yoga, financed by the RE Ross Trust.
The second stage will include building a meeting room and offices for staff where students will receive guidance from wellbeing staff and visiting social worker, psychologist and occupational therapy professionals. The offices will be linked by a deck area with courtyard.
Mr Seletto said the project had been “widely publicised and heavily supported by the southern peninsula community since its launch in August 2015”.
The physical and meditative space aims to help young people “become the best versions of themselves” with the help of meditation programs, counselling support and innovative programs.
He said the Wellness Pavilion would be available for school use during term, and community use outside school hours.
For details and to make donations visit rsc.vic.edu.au
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