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Advice and resources for students about how to adapt your learning during coronavirus, to look after yourself and where to get help.

There's been lots of change going on lately, especially to the way you are learning.

Restrictions are still needed in some areas to help keep the whole community safe during COVID-19. There are also some changes at school.

Right now, it is hard to know how long these new changes will stay in place, or if more will be needed as the year goes on.

All these changes and uncertainty might make you feel confused, angry or overwhelmed. There are things you can do to look after your health and wellbeing. Remember, the kind of support you need may change as time passes.

It is also important to remember your teachers and your school community are there to support you. Your school should be a safe place to learn and somewhere where you can get extra support if you need to.

Talk to a teacher or school wellbeing member

If things are getting too much, or you're worried about someone at home, talk to a trusted staff member or another trusted adult.

It's also good to check in with your friends, to see how they are feeling. If you're concerned about another student's wellbeing or safety, it is important that you tell a teacher or another trusted adult. This isn't betraying a confidence, it's one of the best ways you can look after a friend.

If the staff member is worried about your safety, or the safety of someone else, they will have to talk to the principal.

Looking after yourself

There are also lots of things you can do to look after yourself. You could:

  • take a break from the news and social media
  • spend time with people who make you laugh and feel happy
  • do some exercise
  • try to eat healthily and keep the unhealthy snack foods and drinks as treats
  • get creative with some art, poetry or music
  • try meditation and mindfulness

There are also a whole bunch of great tips and resources online. You might find some of these links helpful.

Feeling It: Mindfulness resources for VCE and VCAL students


We've partnered with Smiling Mind to bring you mindfulness resources and activities, that can help you stay positive and engaged in your education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educator fact sheet

A fact sheet is also available for teachers to guide you in using these resources.

Raising concerns at school

If you are engaged and feel confident participating at school, it can help you to learn at your best. But when issues occur, it can distract you from your learning and make you feel worried.

When students and teachers work together, issues can often be resolved earlier. It's important that you know that your teachers are here to listen to you, respect your opinions and take action when it is needed.

To help you to decide if you should raise an issue with your school, talk to an adult you trust at school, a family member or another trusted adult. If the issue is making you upset, then it's important you raise it.

Other support

You can also get support from other organisations, including:

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800 or kidshelp.com.au

Headspace

1800 650 890 or eheadspace.org.au

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au

Lifeline

13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au

Butterfly Foundation

1800 334 673 or butterfly.org.au

1800RESPECT

1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au

Coronavirus advice hotline

1800 338 663

Reviewed 30 March 2021

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