By Heather Nolan-Wood, Director of Student Wellbeing
The wellbeing of our students has always been a priority. We maintain a keen focus on supporting social-emotional development through a student-centred education and strong connections among teachers, students, and families. This emphasis on social-emotional competence is associated with greater motivation and success in school, as well as positive outcomes throughout life. It is for these reasons that student wellbeing underpins every aspect of a Mulgrave education.
Even before the challenges of the global pandemic, Mulgrave’s teachers and leadership teams were collaborating to address student wellbeing with even greater intention. We have created a comprehensive framework to address key areas of wellbeing using the tenets of Positive Education, founded on Dr. Martin Seligman’s research into Positive Psychology and the characteristics that make individuals and communities thrive (read more here).
Within the Mulgrave Wellbeing Framework, we actively support students with:
- managing their emotions and maintaining positive emotions,
- feeling and being positively engaged,
- having positive relationships,
- having a clear sense of meaning and purpose,
- being positive about their accomplishments,
- maintaining their physical health and wellness,
- exploring their individual sense of identity, and
- flourishing as they achieve their personal best.
The framework also outlines opportunities for students to develop their wellbeing through different aspects of school life, including:
- The formal curriculum including Life Skills and Character Education and specific units of inquiry in the EY and JS.
- Social-emotional support provided by class teachers and homeroom advisors.
- Co-curricular and enrichment activities, especially in outdoor education.
- The general culture and ethos in our divisions and the school as a whole.
With the Mulgrave Framework for Wellbeing as our guide, our goal is that every student feels that they are truly known and that they belong, as they reach for their personal best in education and life.
Please click on the image above for a video that includes insight and reflections from John Wray and students about the importance of wellbeing.