CAN THE WORKSHOP BE RUN IN A CLASSROOM?
Primary and Secondary School Workshops are delivered in the school.
The physical space is an important component that complements a Reach workshop.
It’s important to the success of the workshop and wellbeing of the students that the workshop space is quiet, private and carpeted area that can comfortably accommodate the students.
Please note - large auditoriums and/ or gyms are not suitable spaces for a Reach workshop.
If you’re uncertain about the space you’re planning to use for the Reach workshop, please contact us to chat through the options and requirements.
WHEN SHOULD THE WORKSHOP BE HELD?
Primary and Secondary School Workshops are delivered during the school term.
We work in partnership with schools to determine the best timing for students and the school.
From experience, the important things to consider are:
THE TIME OF DAY
We recommend that workshops are scheduled earlier in the school day (before lunch).
This enables students to seek support if they need - through the remainder of the day.
This is important because a Reach workshop provides students with an opportunity share things that are important to them and think about the things differently by considering other perspectives.
Some students may leave the workshop in a reflective space. If this is the case, these students may benefit from or seek a follow up conversation with a staff member of student support service.
THE TIME OF YEAR
Workshops can be held any time during the school year, except for the last two weeks of term 4.
We don’t recommend scheduling workshops for the last weeks of term 4 because there’s often limited time for the messages and themes introduced through the Reach workshop to be reemphasized and built upon through the school year.
CAN MORE THAN ONE WORKSHOP BE BOOKED PER DAY?
We don’t recommend students attend two different Reach workshops in one day.
It’s important after workshop that students have an opportunity to reflect on the content and themes before attending another workshop.
However, it’s possible to book the same workshop more than once in a day – which may be appropriate if you have a large number of students in a particular year level and you would like them all to participate in a Reach workshop.
We can organize for workshops to be facilitated concurrently or at different times throughout the day by our crew.
IS THERE A PREFFERED ORDER TO THE WORKSHOPS?
Each workshop is designed to be a discrete experience – and whilst prior participation in a Reach workshop will always add to the experience, it is not a requirement for any of our workshops.
Having said that, we have an order of workshops that we recommend that is based upon the themes and content of each workshop and the developmental needs of adolescents.
You can refer to this preferred order of primary school and secondary schools workshop themes in the workshop section of the website.
HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE IN A SCHOOL WORKSHOP?
The majority of workshops are designed to be delivered to all the students in a year level.
We conduct workshops for groups of approximately 20 to 70 young people.
And all workshops are designed to ensure each student has a chance to actively participate.
For Primary school workshops we recommend a maximum of 25 students for workshop.
For Secondary School Workshops we recommend a maximum of 30-50 students for Year 7 & 8 workshops and a maximum of 70 students per workshop for Year 9 – 12.
If your school is co-ed, we don’t recommend separating the sexes, as mixed gendered groups generally result in more effective workshops.
We generally also don’t recommend separating special needs students from the rest of their year level for workshops, as the diverse mix of students often lends itself to a more effective session.
CAN WE COMBINE DIFFERENT YEAR LEVELS IN A WORKSHOP?
Generally we recommend that year levels are not combined due to the significant variation in developmental stages across age groups.
For smaller regional schools, and for those schools that have combined classes, it may be possible / preferable to deliver one workshop to combined classes (for example we could deliver workshops to small groups of year 7s and 8s or year 9s and 10s or year 11 and 12s).
You can chat to Reach about your schools and student’s requirements.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FROM SCHOOL STAFF DURING A WORKSHOP?
We strongly recommended that a member of the schools wellbeing team (like a student Wellbeing coordinator or a school counsellor) participates in the workshop.
For some young people the workshop provides a space for them to safely revisit challenging emotions and feelings, which can leave them in a reflective space – which can be expressed with tears and emotions.
By having a member of the school’s wellbeing team at the workshop, students can be encouraged to seek support from them and the staff member will have a heightened awareness of who would benefit from additional support and follow up.
We do understand that this is not always possible for a range of reasons – but please ensure you contact us if it’s not possible, so we can discuss alternative arrangements with you.
Also – it’s important that a secondary school staff member is present for the whole Reach workshop.
This is because the role of this staff member is to provide overall supervision and direct the group in the case of an emergency. However, the teacher isn’t required to discipline the students - the Reach crew are trained to manage the dynamics within the group.
Lastly, we encourage Secondary school staff members to participate in the workshop alongside young people.
This provides them with a deeper understanding of work and what their students are experiencing.
Also, the experience of teachers and students participating along side each other can actually to strengthen the relationship between the teacher and their students.