For R U OK Day this year Sanctuary Point Public School is focusing on the messages of hope and kindness.
To help spread positivity around the school and in the community the students have been working on a number of projects.
One of those has been for students to write a book called Little Lights Shining Bright in Our Community which will be delivered to a local nursing home.
The book was created by students from kindergarten to year six with both mainstream and support students contributing to it.
It is filled with letters of hope and kindness to those in nursing homes - those who have particularity felt the impact of COVID-19.
Sanctuary Point teachers Miss Erin Hall and Mrs Erin Grace said the book had been a really positive experience for students.
"We put an expression of interest for teachers to nominate students and said they didn't have to be high achievers - we wanted everyone and anyone," they said.
"Particularity students who could benefit from having those positive conversations and talking about hope and resilience."
Another project students have been working on is the Kindness Tree.
Every student made decorations in class on Thursday, Septemer 10 to hang on the Kindness Tree to highlight the messages of hope and kindness.
Deputy Principal of Sanctuary Point Public School Kalle DH Egan said the tree was an opportunity to start conversations with students.
"For us it's also about starting the conversation into the future - not just R U OK today but R U OK everyday," she said.
"Teachers were in class doing lessons and creating decorations for the Kindness Tree and through that starting to have conversations about hope and kindness.
"The Kindness Tree will now give us an anchor point in the school that we can keep going back to and be a visual prompt for students."
Ms Egan, who is a registered psychologist, said mental heath was a complex topic to tackle - for all ages, but the themes of hope and kindness were a strong foundation.
"Hope and kindness just lay such a strong foundation for your own wellbeing but also the impact you can have on other people," she said.
"It's a really hard topic, you want to solve so many problems but if you just bring it back to hope and kindness the impact that can have is such a positive one."
Many students and staff have been asking each other R U OK throughout the day and this year it felt particularly relevant.
"It has been quite an authentic R U OK because with 2020 it is more important than ever to check in with people.
"Obviously down here we've been impacted by bushfires and COVID. It has been a year where students have been thrown in the deep end and having to grow up a little bit.
"Unfortunately, in some situations, growing up a little bit too fast in having to deal with that trauma.
"We don't have a whole lot of control over things but you do have control over being kind."
Deputy Principal Michael Chapple said there were pressures that schools can't always see and having conversations with students was vital.
"We often don't see the financial pressures that happen at home - like the loss of jobs through COVID and bushfires," Mr Chapple said.
"Those pressures aren't always seen but have a direct impact on kids mental health and learning.
"We've just got to do everything we can do to support those kids and their families."