Distance school rewarded for work on student health

THE DUBBO School of Distance Education was one of two NSW schools and 13 nationally to be recognised for its work on student wellbeing.

The citation for the award said Dubbo School of Distance Education delivered individualised education programs to students from Preschool to year 12 whose special circumstances prevent them from attending school.

The school also provides curriculum delivery to students studying a subject not available at their home school.

The school has a strong focus on individual programs for students who cannot attend a face-to-face school.

These programs cater for a range of students including young parents, students with a range of medical conditions, isolated students, vocationally talented students, students who are travelling away from home, students with support needs (including mental health) and students with disruptive behaviour.

MindMatters has been described as the leading national mental health initiative for secondary schools.

It is used in more than 80 per cent of secondary schools across the country and helps schools to promote and protect the mental health, resilience and social and emotional wellbeing of all members of school communities.

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