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St Peter’s College has developed its own ‘Pedagogy and Programs’ based framework for wellbeing, taking key messages and best practices from both Seligman’s PERMA and Professor Lea Water’s SEARCH Models that have been used by the School in recent years.

Senior School Wellbeing Programs

The Senior School Wellbeing Programs are broken into a number of key components as follows:

Taught Curriculum for Program of Wellbeing: Wellbeing lessons in Years 8 and 10 are now part of the Health & Physical Education domain.  This will allow the growth of a specialist team of Wellbeing teachers who are part of the Wellbeing and Health and Physical Education Faculty.

Year Level Talks Program of Wellbeing: Wellbeing talks occur across each cohort in the Senior School. These have a particular focus depending on the time of year and any themes that emerge through the qualitative and quantitative data that is collected.

For example, in Years 7 and 8 in the coming weeks there will be a year level talk about social inclusion. The intention of this talk is to emphasize the positive and negative impact that other students can have upon wellbeing, especially during the first few months of the year as students settle in and friendship groups form.

For parents of students who are new to the Senior School this year, a reminder of our SchoolTV resource which includes a focus upon transitioning into new school environments. Use this link to access the resource.  

Pastoral Care Program and Wellbeing Check-In 

In recent years, an increasing range of technology has been developed for the measurement and management of wellbeing and is a logical next step for our School and for our students.

The Junior School (Years 4 to 6) has chosen ORAH – an emoji-based resource which connects perfectly with the Zones of Regulation approach they have been using. ORAH also connects well with the Junior School focus on Emotional Management and produces weekly reports to summarise all entries.

In the Senior School it was felt that an emoji-based tool may not engage the senior students. As a result we have engaged Bloum as our way to measure wellbeing in the Senior School.

Our House based structure of pastoral care involves students being part of a mentor class. Through this connection with a mentor students have an opportunity for 1:1 conversations about their wellbeing. The use of Bloum will help facilitate these meaningful conversations.

The data also creates clear trends across cohorts and will enable us to pivot the pastoral care program to help support and provide strategies if required.

We hope that giving students a platform to voice their feelings will support our pastoral care program across the senior years.

Our Wellbeing Program is continuing to evolve and we look forward to the positive impact of the implementation of the expanded trial through the use of Bloum.

Sean Inman
Head of Wellbeing