Personal Project: Improvement of Mental Health – Monash Children’s Hospital

For my Personal Project I created a board game and donated it to the Monash Children’s Hospital.

Children who are in a hospital long-term and don’t have access to play resources are disadvantaged in their development and mental health. Social interactions between children who are sharing similar experiences at the hospital can support and improve their mental health.

I created a game that encourages interactions, cooperation and team work between children. The players have to work together to complete the game, and in doing so build relationships with each other that will then boost their happiness and well-being. 

My goal was to create a product that would improve the mental health of these children through encouragement of interactions. I successfully researched, designed and created a game that I am proud of and I was thrilled to be able to donate to the Monash Children’s Hospital.

Kirsten Andrich - Year 10

In the final year of the Middle Years Program (MYP) Year 10 each student completes a Personal Project, a significant investigative work that is the product of the student’s own initiative and creativity.

The aim of the MYP project is to encourage and enable students to participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context and demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time.

Students are expected to choose a project, which can take many forms, and take the process through to completion under the supervision of a staff member in the College.