Student Wellbeing & Mental Health
Developing student wellbeing and mental health is fundamental to our Pastoral Care system at Friends’. We recognise that student wellbeing, including good social, emotional and mental health, is fundamental to student success and learning.
We proactively support student wellbeing and mental health through:
- the development of open, honest and supportive relationships
- building a variety of groups to promote belonging
- Assemblies and Gatherings, which provide opportunities to facilitate engagement with wellbeing and mental health issues
- curriculum programs with an explicit focus on understanding and developing wellbeing
- implementing practices known to support student wellbeing
- support programs to foster social and emotional wellbeing
- providing parent education on issues relating to wellbeing and mental health
- providing extensive teacher professional development regarding ways to best to support the wellbeing of our students.
It is this combination of approaches that puts student wellbeing at the heart of all that we do. It helps to define the nature of our school and reinforce our commitment to Quaker practices – valuing the intrinsic worth of every person equally, connecting to ‘that of God’ in everyone, acting with integrity, building community, a desire for peace and justice, living simply and regularly meeting together in silence.