Narara Valley High School was one of the schools in the first MindMatters pilot project in 2000. Following from this Narara Valley High School became one of 17 schools nationally to be a MindMatters Plus school. The school has been involved in MindMatters ever since participating in and presenting at a number of National Conferences.
MindMatters programs are utilised in a variety of different ways within the school. The school has a single MindMatters period once per timetable cycle. In addition, MindMatters is an integral part of the school's leadership program and is embedded in the junior curriculum, the humanities and PDHPE. It is also utilised in staff training of both staff and student mental health.
What are the outcomes (for students, staff and parents/community): The school has moved from a school focused on reactive welfare action to a school that is known for meeting its students needs in all areas including academic acceleration, creative and performing arts, special needs students and sporting excellence. The school's philosophy and success has been underpinned by MindMatters philosophies and the integration into the school's programs of MindMatters concepts as well as the development of community links to assist students to improve their outcomes in all areas of school life.
Three tips for successfully using MindMatters: 1 - Senior executive support 2 - Staff training 3 - Program integration