🎼🎄If you heard 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘫𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰 at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital today it was thanks to the annual 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭🎄🎼
3 year old Annabelle (second from left) didn’t let a hospital stay stop her and her Mum, Dad and sister Charlotte (5) from joining the Captain Starlights, other patients and families and Hospital School SA students to sing along to Christmas classics such as Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman ⛄️
There were Santa hats, bell bracelets and silly sunglasses on hand, as the Captains told lots of cracking Christmas jokes, followed by an afternoon of themed crafts and games for ‘StarMas’.
⭐️ A big thank you to Starlight Children's Foundation Australia, the WCH Foundation our Play Therapists and Hospital School SA for helping bring the holiday spirit to our children families ⭐️ ... See MoreSee Less
🌈 In celebration of Transgender Awareness Week, we’re proud to introduce our 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘍𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮 who team up with South Australian schools to foster understanding and support for transgender and gender diverse youth.
Born from a collaboration between our Gender Diversity Multidisciplinary Team and Hospital School SA (HSSA), they offer workshops to empower South Australian educators to create more inclusive school settings.
“We work with schools to help better understand gender diverse young people and what they may be experiencing, with both social affirmation and medical affirmation as well as looking at their wellbeing,” says HSSA Principal, Matthew (right).
“We then collaborate with schools for inclusivity and show them practical resources, important days of recognition, and how to be an ally.”
Sarah (left) is a Gender Medicine Nurse Consultant at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital whose clinical expertise adds a well-rounded lens of both medical and mental health insight.
Together, they’re a perfect match to guide inquisitive educators and answer any tricky questions.
“Having the Hospital School team to support essential education components and ‘teachable moments’ really complements the gender diversity medical information we provide,” she says.
The team have found that providing access to educators 𝘢𝘯𝘥 clinicians helps teachers understand both the medical and schooling impacts a gender diverse or transgender young person might experience.
“This really shows the holistic picture of their student and future students,” says Matthew.
From here, our passionate allies are laying the foundations for classrooms to shine bright with health and wellbeing.
“We hope that by supporting educators to be inclusive and affirming, our trans and gender diverse young people will be able to thrive at school,” says Sarah.
A big thank you to Sarah, Matthew and our wider Gender Diversity Multidisciplinary Team who continue paving the path of inclusivity 💙
With four campuses across the Women's and Children's Health Network, Central Adelaide, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network - SALHN and Northern Adelaide Local Health Network - NALHN, the school provides 17 teachers, as well as student support officers and administration staff, who are vital in providing a safe and positive learning environment for young students facing health challenges.
Their dedication ensures that no child's education is left behind.
If you didn’t know, these are the legends who: 👩🏫 Have taught 2,906 students so far this year. 🌏 Provide education for patients who can't attend their regular school and school-aged siblings of patients from far and wide. 📖 Deliver various curriculums, including the Early Years Learning Framework and SACE, catering to students from Preschool to Year 12. 🤝 Collaborate with our patients’ regular schools to maintain continuity in their learning.
And they have a whole heap of fun along the way!
Whether in the classroom or on the ward, these superstars go above and beyond to meet the unique needs of their students.
We are very proud to have been finalists at the Public Education Awards in the category of Excellence in Collective Wellbeing. Although we didn't take out our category, we were really happy to receive the acknowledgement and recognition. We will continue with our Supporting Improved Mental Health in Schools Program, working to improve child and adolescent mental health in SA. ... See MoreSee Less
Friday 27th October was National Bandanna Day: Canteen’s annual fundraiser to help young people impacted by cancer.
“Held on the last Friday in October, Bandanna Day is the flagship fundraising and awareness campaign for Canteen. Since Bandanna Day began it has raised more than $35 million to support young people affected by cancer.”
In celebration of #WorldTeachersDay let's take our hats off to the incredible educators at Hospital School SA!
The school provides 17 teachers across 3 campuses, along with Student Support Officers and Administration who are vital in providing a safe and positive learning environment for young students facing health challenges. Their dedication ensures that no child's education is left behind.
If you didn’t know, these are the legends who:
👩🏫 Have taught 2906 students so far this year. 🌏 Provide education for patients who can't attend their regular school and school-aged siblings of patients from far and wide. 📖 Deliver various curriculums, including the Early Years Learning Framework and SACE, catering to students from Preschool to Year 12. 🤝 Collaborate with our patients’ regular schools to maintain continuity in their learning.
And they have a whole heap of fun along the way!
Whether in the classroom or on the ward, these superstars go above and beyond to meet the unique needs of our students and we're so grateful for their work.
Please join us in saying a big huge thank you for all they do 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
This week I am in Hawaii and visited Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.
It was great to reconnect with the Principal, Carrie and teacher, Shay after first meeting and collaborating when in Milan in May.
It was lovely to be welcomed and presented with a lei made by the students, then the staff presenting me with a fresh flower lei and then the Hospital Executive presenting me with the final lei. I felt so welcomed and included.
Hospital School in Hawaii has a team of educators including teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers. They run a specific program that they have structured to optimise the learning time of young people in the hospital called Brain Station. This is then structured into year level groups. It includes Ward teaching and Classroom teaching.
The hospital is currently looking at their Mental Health service and I was able to show them our Supporting Improved Mental Health in Schools Program to potentially adapt and implement and how we could support them with this program design.
The team also includes Heather in the role of Child Life Specialist. This role gives young people and families support in teaching them about the hospital, roles, spaces etc so they are aware of their surroundings, diversion for pain and procedures, and a main task is diagnosis teaching so this involves teaching the young person about their diagnosis, their condition, their treatment and their transition. I also met Ruby the service dog who sat with me as she knew I was a fellow Aussie, as Ruby comes from Australia!
Also in the team is Fran who shares her holistic approach to the hospital experience and young person’s treatment and care and also provides the cultural element through her cultural connection, lineage and knowledge.
I looked at a number of spaces including the learning areas, wards, public spaces and staff areas including a staff space for all to share for relaxation, timeout and well-being. Around the hospital the essence of Hawaii is a part of the design and decoration.
Such a well rounded team who have great heart in the work that they do.