What Is Student Wellbeing?
Putting students first
Research shows that students are more likely to enjoy learning, and reach their social and academic potential when they feel content, safe and engaged. Our Wellbeing programme provides students with the skills to build this shared, secure learning community, where everyone’s qualities are recognised, valued and included.
In our changing world, having the best education is no longer a guarantee of a “good” job or, more importantly, a good life. As the digital revolution expands, and the world of work undergoes such a rapid evolution, students will require greater flexibility, enthusiasm for learning new skills sets, and increased emotional adaptability and resilience.
Students can no longer be passive learners. They need to explore and learn the joys of free and independent inquiry. Socially and emotionally, they need to learn to exercise mindfulness and empathy. Authentic experiences of empathic thinking – young people collaboratively and intentionally building a shared learning community, supporting each other and themselves – lies at the very centre of our beliefs around wellbeing. Our continuously evolving Wellbeing programme ensures self-development is woven into the fabric of a Halcyon education.
Halcyon’s Student Wellbeing Programme
the core principles
1. Student Advocacy
Students are inspired to participate in and be accountable for their own learning. They are exposed to a variety of topics such as current global issues, open-mindedness and inclusion.
We achieve a supporting community through constructive dialogue among students and staff to create a balance between the needs of the community and of the individual.
2. Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring
Students are taught learn to listen to each other without judgement. At Halcyon, all students have a trained teacher-mentor to coach them.
Mentoring groups are made up of seven to eight students from Grades 6 through 12 and contain two trained Mentors. One mentor will work with the group whilst one will rotate one-on-one conversations with each student. This setup ensures each student receives at least 15 minutes of private conversation each week. Each Mentor is Cognitive Coaching trained to Level 2, meaning they are highly trained to have mediating conversations that enable students to find their own solutions to gain advocacy over their own challenges.
This vertical integration forms relationships across ages; breaking down grade barriers. This collaborative environment is the source of topics for the school’s student-led assemblies.
3. Student Leadership
Students have the opportunity to develop decision-making, communication and negotiation skills.
This supports them in being accountable for key areas of school life and reinforces our belief in a community where everyone has a voice, no matter their age or background.
Key Skills developed
the core principles
To have the capacity to be resourceful when life is challenging. To know how to seek help, and to have a good understanding of endurance, optimism and happiness.
To be in a state of positivity and contentment, allowing students to not take themselves too seriously.
To have a strengthened awareness of compassion and empathy. To be aware of our emotional and psychological states and to acknowledge the differences and needs of others.
A SENSE OF JUSTICE
A grasp of the principles of social justice, economic and environmental equality and an understanding of the ethics which support the virtue of fairness in society and the democratic process.
A commitment to work towards the sustainable benefit of others. To be invested in healthy and caring relationships. To collaborate to help the common good or pursue a shared goal.
To have the fortitude to stand by their principles. To know when it is most effective to speak up and to have the confidence and articulation skills to do so.
These skills are nurtured through Halcyon’s mentoring programme, our community interactions, and the actions we prioritise as a school.