Wellbeing in the Primary and Secondary Schools
In our school we focus on a holistic Wellbeing Curriculum. We believe students require all elements of their wellbeing to flourish, in order to be happy and healthy. Dimensions such as social, physical and emotional Wellbeing are all equally important to allow students to reach a state where they can connect meaningfully and safely in their relationships, feel a sense of community and succeed at school. Student wellbeing is underpinned by the ten attributes of the International Baccalaureate’s Learner Profile: such as Principled, Open-minded, Balanced, Communicator, Reflective, Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Risk-Taker and Caring.
Guidelines and Resources
We are guided by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our teachers are also trained in the implementation of the Keeping Safe Curriculum which cover four main strands targeted to each specific year level. They are The Right to Be Safe, Relationships, Recognising and Reporting Abuse and lastly Protective Strategies. In the Secondary School these lessons are explored within Homeroom Periods and through some of the subject Curriculum. In the Primary School these are explored through the Interdisciplinary Units known as the Units of Inquiry.
We are also fortunate to have a school psychologist by the name of Melanie Jorgensen, who students may self-refer to by approximately a Secondary School age or it may be organised through the Student Wellbeing Coordinator. Primary students are also able to visit our school psychologist, usually through an appointment agreed upon between the child’s parents, their teacher and the Head of Primary. These can be a singular visit, a series of or a way to gain referral for external sessions if the need presents itself.
Voicing Concerns-Handling a Complaint
Making complaints can be difficult for young people. However, if a person feels that their sense of safety or wellbeing is affected, they need to learn how to voice these concerns. Students have access to their teachers if they wish to voice any worries they may have. They also have access to a Student Wellbeing Coordinator, the Head of Primary or the Head of Secondary who are always available to speak with them. If Secondary students want to share information anonymously, there is also a Concern Box Drop in reception, where they can share concerns that they do not require a personal follow up for, if they choose.