Mental Health and Culture Building

We believe that when students feel safe and settled in their lives they have the ability to learn with ease.  Through out the year our staff and students plan various opportunities for students to grow in their wellness.  This page is dedicated to explaining some of the programming as well as informational items.

Wellness, which refers to the state of being in good health, both physically and mentally, is essential for students. Students are often under a great deal of stress, whether it be from academic pressure, social challenges, or other personal struggles. Incorporating wellness practices into their daily routines can help them manage stress and improve their overall health and well-being. Here are some reasons why wellness is important for students:

  1. Better Academic Performance

Students who prioritize their physical and mental health tend to perform better academically. By engaging in activities like regular exercise, healthy eating, and meditation, students can improve their focus, concentration, and memory retention. This can lead to better academic performance and overall success in school.

  1. Improved Mental Health

High School can be a stressful time for students, and prioritizing wellness can help them manage that stress. Engaging in practices like mindfulness, yoga, and therapy can help students reduce anxiety and depression symptoms, improve their mood, and increase their overall sense of well-being.

  1. Increased Energy and Stamina

Wellness practices like regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep can help students feel more energized and have more stamina throughout the day. This can lead to improved performance in academics, extracurricular activities, and work.

  1. Better Time Management

Incorporating wellness practices into their daily routines can help students better manage their time. By prioritizing activities like exercise and healthy eating, students can learn to better manage their time and prioritize their daily tasks. This can help them become more productive and efficient in their academic and personal lives.

  1. Improved Relationships

Wellness practices can also help students build better relationships with others. By prioritizing self-care and mental health, students can better understand their own emotions and be more empathetic and understanding towards others. This can lead to stronger relationships with friends, family, and classmates.

For more information on Guidance Counsellor and Learning Support, please click their pages.

Connect Class

Connect Class occurs every Wednesday at 9:30 am. This is where students meet weekly to connect to their teachers and classmates. We have mental health speakers, class announcements, celebrations, administration, school assemblies, and more during this time. If a student does not attend this class, they will feel disconnected from school. This is where a large portion of cultural connection occurs.


Class Connect Presentations

Our class presentations are held largely by RVS employees.  The presentations will always be communicated out ahead of time.  All presentations are optional for students to attend.



Second Wednesday of the Week:

October 12th -

Actually, all of my systems are nervous: Understanding and Managing Anxiety

Learn how anxiety impacts your brain, the difference between regular and clinical anxiety, and strategies to calm your brain, challenge unhelpful thoughts and replace them with helpful ones, and face your fears.

Date & Time

Teacher Name/Room

Session Title

Session Description & Video Links

Wednesday Oct 12

9:30am – 10:00am


Actually, All My Systems Are Nervous: Understanding and Managing Anxiety

Learn how anxiety impacts your brain, the difference between regular and clinical anxiety, and strategies to calm your brain, challenge unhelpful thoughts and replace them with helpful ones, and face your fears.


Video links:

Fight, Flight, or Freeze:

  • This video introduces the Fight, Flight, Freeze response and talks about where it comes from and how it is adaptive.​ ​

​Dealing with Automatic Thoughts:

  • In this video they use some intense language and show some unhealthy coping strategies, but it also shows how to move past those anxious thoughts to a healthier thinking pattern


November: 9

  • Topic: Conversation starters and feeling comfortable around peers
  • Person: Helen St/ Pierre and Kelsey Brown
  • Description: If chatting with peers in person makes you nervous, have no fear!  Tips and tricks in conversation.
  • Zoom Link:

December 14:

January 11th:

  • Topic: Friends Supporting Friends ( Tashia and Syeda)
  • Person:
  • Description: This presentation provides information on the importance of checking in on friends, recognizing when friends may be experiencing mental health or other concerns (e.g., relationships, dating), and when and where to seek extra support and resources. There are several strategies for approaching difficult conversations and keeping communication open.
  • Zoom Link:

February 8th :

  • Topic: Procrastination and the Prioritization of health (Kelvin Ganpatt)
  • Person:(Kelvin Ganpatt)
  • Description: This presentation introduces theories of motivation, the Stages of Change model, and behavioural self-management strategies as it relates to self-care practices and building healthier habits. Using a holistic approach to health, participants will determine what prescriptive self-care behaviours they would like to increase, how to use brain science to prepare for engaging in those behaviours, preventing avoidance or procrastination, and rewarding those wellness practices.
  • Zoom Link:

March: Wellness Summit March 9

April 19:

  • Topic: How to say NO - Boundaries
  • Person: Kelvin Ganpatt
  • Description: This presentation teaches the importance of knowing your own values and boundaries, and the difference between assertive, passive, and aggressive communication. Students will practice assertive communication, and learn delay, negotiation, and refusal skills.
  • Zoom Link:

May 10:

  • Description: This presentation teaches skills to support physical and emotional self-care, while also supporting the people around you who are struggling. Students will discover practical tools, inspiration, and support to empower people to find their own way to build resilience and greater happiness.
  • Zoom Link:


March Wellness Summit


June 14th - Study Like a Champ



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