Soaring into 2019
Welcome to 2019. We have an exciting year ahead at St John’s and I believe one of the key reasons for this excitement, is due to the developments we have planned for wellbeing.
Wednesday 13 February (Week 3) will see the launch of our very own whole School Wellbeing Framework. This framework has been developed in consultation with staff, students, parents, and wellbeing experts within our community, and is based on contemporary and evidence-based research into wellbeing. Importantly, our Wellbeing Framework will enable us to consider and plan for the wellbeing of our students, our staff and our families, from ELC – 12.
The special whole School assembly will provide us with a wonderful opportunity to enable a greater understanding of our framework and connection with its 6 key pillars, to share our vision for Wellbeing, and to celebrate our commitment to building a strong wellbeing culture in our school. I warmly extend an invitation to our families to attend this event.
Our Wellbeing Framework will guide us in making decisions about the learning programs, initiatives and events we implement across our school. I am elated that our framework has already positioned us for action and from the start of 2019 we introduce our Wings program, from Years 3 -12. The Wings program provides explicit learning for students in Wellbeing and we have introduced Wellbeing as specialist area in Year 3 – 6 at the Junior School this year. The focus of Wings in the JS will be on social and emotional learning; providing the knowledge, and skills to develop the ability to care for themselves and others, make responsible decisions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and bounce forward from challenging situations. On the Secondary Campus, our Middle School and Senior School students will participate in Wings sessions in the Health and Personal Development curriculum, 7-10 and during pastoral care time 7-12, with developmentally appropriate topics and themes discussed. We plan to introduce a Wings scope and sequence across our whole School, expanding to include ELC – 2 and mapping the explicit Wellbeing learning for our students from ELC -12.
Our whole staff have commenced this year with some dedicated professional learning to explore their understanding of wellbeing and importantly how to support their own personal wellbeing, the wellbeing of others, and how they can contribute to the wellbeing of our whole community. We are fortunate to have the very experienced Tracy Zilm lead this learning for us.
Community is at the heart of all that we do at St John’s and therefore the wellbeing of all within our community is imperative. In 2019 we also plan to provide greater wellbeing resources for our parents and will soon launch a digital wellbeing platform that will provide a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies and ideas to support your role as a parent.
I look forward to a fantastic year ahead working with our students, staff and families in building a thriving wellbeing culture at St John’s.
Leader of Student Wellbeing