Mr Geoff Lancaster | Principal | Grammar News | 6 November 2020
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
2020 has been a difficult year for many and yet it has also been a year where families and communities have banded together to support one another. Wellbeing has really come to the fore during 2020. Wellbeing is being well, or experiencing things that are good for you. As indicated in the diagram below, wellbeing encompasses many areas of our lives.
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The pace of life seems to continue to accelerate and we are constantly bombarded by notifications to ensure we’re not missing out on something 'important' or social media posts suggesting we are not quite as together as those around us. It is also hard to escape exposure to news of global issues that may leave us feeling we have no agency to bring about the changes we want to see in the world. Many factors impact our wellbeing through different stages of our lives and our students need to develop strategies that will help them to flourish in life despite the stressors they will undoubtedly experience.
Although student wellbeing has been a focus across the School for many years, we have recently identified a need to give our programs more structure. One driver for change has been the responses by staff, parents and students in our recent surveys. Earlier this Term our newly formed Wellbeing Committee met to begin the process of identifying the work we currently do in this area from C-12 as well as identify additional age-appropriate issues that need to be addressed during a student's time at School. The Committee is made up of key pastoral care and PDHPE staff from each area of the School, as well as our two School psychologists/counsellors. The ideas discussed ranged from connection and kindness in the early years to purpose and risk-taking in senior years.
The Wellbeing Committee will develop a range of initiatives that will build upon the wellbeing work already taking place in PDH (Personal Development/Health), Pastoral Care, Christian Studies and the domains covered in our LEARNING@STLUKE's framework - Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reciprocity, Reflectiveness and Restoration (see diagram below). We have a responsibility as parents and as a School to provide our students with evidence-based strategies to foster the lifelong skill of looking after ourselves. I hope and pray that our Community continues to feel connected and supported through a year that, for many, has been a significant challenge.