Student Wellbeing Leaders are appointed to the school and have a range of responsibilities with a focus on ensuring issues that impact on a student’s wellbeing are addressed.
Mitcham Girls High School has two Student Wellbeing Leaders who work closely together, one focuses more on the Senior School whilst the other supports students in the Middle School.
Both Wellbeing Leaders are available for one-to-one meetings with students, as well as liaising with staff, parents and outside service providers. These leaders offer advice on curriculum, employment pathways and support in negotiating difficult times at school; they are both members of the Middle and Senior School Teams who work to ensure that students are safe, supported and successful.
A highly valued component of what Mitcham Girls High School offers its students is the Pastoral Care Program. Allocated a weekly time, this wellbeing program is designed to address the specific needs of particular year levels. Managed by the respective Year Level Managers, students undertake activities: role plays, discussion, small group work; engage with guest speakers or participate in other events which allow them to develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that will support their personal growth as they move through the various levels of schooling.
The first Wellbeing Week was held in August 2014. An SRC initiative, this is a student led week long program which consists of a diversity of activities, which not only educate and celebrate wellbeing; good health, positive state of mind and selflessness, but also brings the school community together. Staff and students get in involved in healthy competition, participating in lunch time activities designed to foster joy and engagement.
In an increasingly complex digital world, the school remains conscious of the role it plays, together with family and community, to assist students to safely negotiate online material. A cybersafety focus is included in the Pastoral Care Program and staff are reminded to consider cybersafety as a part of their educational program.