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SHIFTing Perspectives

Our Year 9 and 10 students are working with local organisation, SHIFT to support other young women in the community.

SHIFT is an organisation partnered with the Wellington City Council whose aim is to help young women be active and improve women’s wellbeing.

A group of Year 9 and 10 students are taking part in SHIFT workshops, not only to improve their well-being, but to start their own project in the community.

Queen Margaret College also invited a number of Wellington-based refugee students to take part in the SHIFT project with the girls.

The first workshop in May started with a yoga session in the morning before the students got to know each other better with ice breaker activities.

The students were lucky to hear from a number of inspirational speakers, including refugee Sumaiya Abdul Rahman who spoke about adjusting to a new life and learning to love who you are.

During the workshop, students formed smaller groups based on things they were passionate about.

Elizabeth Derby, who joined the Languages and Education group, says she enjoyed bouncing ideas off people who had the same passions.

“We talked about ways that we could help the people around us using language and education,” she explains.

Elizabeth’s group are hoping to organise a cultural night for Wellington youth or a language/homework club.

Bethany Kaye-Blake is working with two other students on a music project.

“We are thinking about running a music-themed bake sale to raise money for workshops that help people who have an interest in music but do not have the resources,” Bethany says.

“As part of this project, we are working with a mentor who oversees it and supports us.”

Bethany says the highlight of the experience was the mindfulness workshop.

“It really demonstrated to me how important your mental health is and that doing things for yourself, even if they are small, are a very important part of staying healthy,” she says.

Students will be meeting up again with their mentors and the SHIFT team at the next workshop soon.