Wellbeing encompasses a student’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. A sense of wellbeing is essential to a student’s learning and development and critical to academic success.
There is a strong link between student learning and wellbeing and the College aims to authentically integrate wellbeing and each student’s academic program. We strive for a school-wide approach to each student’s education where value is placed upon the growth and development of the spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and academic domains. Experiencing positive relationships, gaining autonomy, and creating a sense of purpose are all important components of wellbeing.
At Mercedes College, we strive to instil in students a sense of self-belief in times of success and, more importantly, in times of failure. Mercedes students are encouraged to embrace a journey of growth in all aspects of their development.
The Student Wellbeing Program aims to encourage:
- care and concern for the wellbeing of others: their rights, belongings, feelings, and opinions
- personal responsibility and self-discipline for learning and conduct
- an inclusive environment that demonstrates respect for diversity and richness of backgrounds, cultures, and abilities
- a willingness to contribute positively to the College community and beyond through actively contributing to service that is guided by our Mercy values
- increasing independence as the students move through the Secondary School
The wellbeing program for each year group is specifically designed to meet the needs of students within that cohort. All programs are evidence-based, and research informed. Programs are revised at the end of each year to address the changing needs of students.
Mercedes College Pastoral Wellbeing Program outline: