The Wellbeing Program is diverse and holistic, one which students partake in each and every day, in all subjects and across all curriculum throughout the School. It focuses on building connections, learning and teaching one another, self-care, care of others, diversity and being part of a community. Amazing things happen when we are all onboard! Mentone Grammar promotes a positive school environment that supports the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of all students. Where: all students can feel happy, safe and secure s tudents are challenged and experience success students develop strong relationships with fellow students and their teachers t hrough the teaching of values, students develop an acceptance of difference, and where every effort is made to ensure the School is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind expectations are clear, and a firm, fair approach is employed when dealing with all matters a ll students’ progress is carefully monitored and managed by a range of significant adult role models. Mentoring is an entrenched part of the culture at Mentone Grammar; students and teachers build strong, mutually respectful relationships, which enhance the learning journey. Student-student mentoring and staff-staff mentoring are also encouraged and embraced. In 2018, the mentor scope and sequence had the focus of developing students’ ‘SOUL’. Each term had a specific emphasis, being Self (building rapport, self-care, organisation), Other (respectful relationships), United (community, culture, connection) and Life Skills (leadership, moving forward, stepping up). Student Wellbeing groups shared information within online groups and provided an overview, documentation and resources for mentors to use in student mentor sessions. Within this program, topic specialists provided education sessions to students, parents and staff which were relevant and age appropriate for their audience. Students from ELC to Year 9 continued to develop their emotional intelligence using the RULER approach (created at Yale University) through the ongoing education and implementation of the Program which is designed to support a positive and safe school environment. Through tools such as the Class Charter, The Mood Meter, Meta Moment and the Blue Print, students built on their ability to recognise emotions in themselves and others, understand the causes and consequences of their emotions and developed tools to regulate their emotions. In Years 10 to 12, the Resilience Project was also included in the School Diary which enabled students and staff to build on the skills of mindfulness, empathy and gratitude. Morning mindfulness sessions ran for students from Years 9 to 12, upon arrival. Students across all year levels practised mindfulness as a regular part of the Wellbeing Program. In 2018, the School appointed an inaugural Student Wellbeing Captain. A Student Wellbeing Committee was established which included an enthusiastic and proactive group of senior students and staff. Staff Wellbeing Professional Learning afternoons occurred twice per term which focused on wellbeing themes and issues, such as mentoring, mindfulness, child protection, child safety guidelines, growth mindset and RULER. The Wellbeing Centre continued to be a thriving hub with many and varied supports available for students including psychologists, nurses, chaplains and careers counsellors. Learning Enhancement and gifted and talented programs were also incorporated into the Wellbeing Centre along with a comprehensive resource library and helpful information, readily available for all students, staff and parents. The School prides itself on developing happy, healthy and high-achieving young people who can reach their full educational and personal potential. It has been a busy and dynamic year, where students have grown and participated in many new experiences whilst developing their skill base and wellbeing toolbox.
ACROSS THE SCHOOL, WELLBEING ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED VIA A RANGE OF PROGRAMS AND EVENTS, SUCH AS: Mindfulness Practice Study Skills and exam preparation Yoga Sessions Peer Support Programs Respectful Relationships Sessions Use of Resource in the Diary (RULER and Resilience Project) Specialised lunchtime sessions Cyber Safety, Online Use Values for Life (Decision making) International Student Support Sessions Social Skills Groups/Building Sex Education Funtastic Fridays (board games sessions) Wellbeing Days, such as RU OK?, Mental Health week, IDAHOBIT Wellbeing Gate Greetings Local and International Learning journeys Cadets, Youth Leadership Program SchoolTV (information portal for parents on youth issues) Year 10 Cocurricular program (Enterprise Education, Respectful Relationships, Driver Education, Decision making and coping strategies House Events (such as swimming, athletics, tug-of-war, debating, oratory, music) Calming Centre during exam period.
SPECIALIST PRESENTERS PROVIDED SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS, STAFF, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY, THESE INCLUDED: Growth mindset and Resilience (Andrew Fuller) Cyber Safety (Jonny Shannon) Mental Health (Nic Newling) Drug and Alcohol Education and information (Paul Dillon – DARTA) Diet, nutrition and mental health (Michelle Chevally-Hedge – A Healthy View) Building Resilience (SpinChat).
Mentone Grammar Community Report 2018