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Student Wellbeing is about ensuring each student is equipped and supported to achieve wellbeing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, which is critical for academic success.
Ravenswood provides a multi-layered system of monitoring, support and guidance provided by specialist staff, Mentors, Year Coordinators and Assistant Year Coordinators. The Year Coordinators monitor the academic, social and emotional progress for each and every student. They also design and implement developmentally appropriate Middle Years Programs and structures to complement and support students’ academic learning.
A specialist Wellbeing team is available, consisting of the Deputy Principal — Head of Secondary School, Director Student Wellbeing, Chaplain, Psychologists and Learning Enrichment Coordinator. These specialists are available to help support students’ individual needs and circumstances.
In the Middle Years, the main emphasis is on developing a sense of connectedness and belonging, a primary concern for students as they transition through the Year Groups. As the girls journey into adolescence, they have an increased need to explore the world around them and feel that they are a vital part of the school community. Young adolescents are on the cusp of developing skills for lifelong learning, social responsibility and positive habits of thought and action.
The school’s Guiding Principles are at the heart of all Middle Years Programs and the activities the students interact in, aim to develop an awareness of these within a school, local and global community.
Middle Years programs that support wellbeing include advice on managing friendships, drug and alcohol education, cyber safety and leadership. All students attend Chapel Services once a week, which offer opportunities for reflection and the exploration of spirituality. Specific programs such as Duchess of the Trough, which is a confidence building program providing a toolkit for navigating life’s interactions, and Elevate Education, to develop effective study skills, and involvement in Social Justice, are complemented by the sequential Camp Program, where self-reliance, teamwork, leadership, initiative and responsibility are encouraged through the challenges of experiential learning and new adventures.