What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing at Queenwood is an integral component of the day-to-day life of the school. The Wellbeing program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of our girls and its core aim is to provide them with information and practical strategies to make improvements in all areas of their lives. Wellbeing encompasses a holistic approach, and we aim to foster independence, courage, empathy and resilience.
View the Wellbeing video to hear students talk about the program – click here.
How is Wellbeing delivered?
Delivery is through both formal and informal methods. The girls meet with their tutors in small groups each morning. It is in this environment that strong connections are made both between the girls themselves and with their tutors. Students who feel strongly connected to the school environment are often more productive, happier and achieve higher academically. Tutor time each morning gives the tutors the opportunity to get to know each student well and to identify their likes, their dislikes, the subjects they enjoy, as well as the areas in which they are challenged. Through getting to know each girl’s individual traits tutors are enabled to deliver the most thorough and effective pastoral care. Tutors are at hand and well placed to provide guidance and advice when needed.
Each week girls will also meet with their tutors for a formal Wellbeing session. These sessions are differentiated for each year group and focus on a range of relevant topics. Topics are selected on a needs basis, utilising data collected from internal surveying of the girls as well as relevant research and findings within the young Australian population. Sessions are built around key messages, providing the girls with solid information as well as tools and strategies they can utilise to improve their skills in these areas. A crucial element to the success of any Wellbeing program is that students learn through ‘doing’. The program has been designed to provide consistency in the delivery of messages to all students, ensuring that no girl is left behind.
What is covered?
Topics that are covered across Years 7- 12 include: Mindfulness, the importance of sleep, study skills, time management, stress management, independent conversations, gratitude, positive thinking and resilience.
Specific topics include:
Year 7: Friendship skills and challenging bullying
Year 8: Positive relationships and conflict resolution
Year 9: Empathy and confronting conversations
Year 10: Self-defence and inclusive conversations
Year 11: Nutrition and leadership skills
Year 12: A balanced lifestyle and managing procrastination.