Weaving wellbeing throughout IGS

Empowered students are up front and in focus as IGS engages with the newly launched Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, planning for the 2019 academic calendar and beyond.

The newly formed IGS wellbeing team includes Deputy Principal Students and Campus Life Mary Duma, Heads of House, Heads of Year, PDHPE staff and Primary Heads of Stage.

“As we continue to build the tenacity and confidence of our students, it’s great to know that we do so within the context of an updated national Wellbeing Framework which is now being considered by all Australian schools,” said IGS Principal Shauna Colnan.

“This Wellbeing Framework is a foundational document that provides Australian schools with a vision and a set of guiding principles to support school communities to build positive learning environments.

“It supports schools like ours to review current safety and wellbeing policies and processes.”

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Australian Minister for Education Dan Tehan launched the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework earlier this term.

Key elements of the Framework are:

  • Leadership: Principals and school leaders play an active role in building positive learning environments where the whole school community feels included, connected, safe and respected.
  • Inclusion: All members of the school community are active participants in building a welcoming school culture that values, diversity, and fosters positive, respectful relationships.
  • Student Voice: Students are active participants in their own learning and wellbeing, feel connected, and use their social and emotional skills to be respectful, resilient and safe.
    Partnerships: Families and communities collaborate as partners with the school to support student learning, safety and wellbeing.
  • Support: School staff, students and families share and cultivate an understanding of wellbeing and support for positive behaviour and the ways in which this supports effective teaching and learning.

“The elements of the Framework confirm our School’s values of diversity, connectedness, authenticity, personal achievement and vibrancy, and our enduring focus on the connections between excellence in the classroom, a strong student care system and our aspiration to develop a school-wide, strengths-based approach to the support we provide to our students,” Ms Colnan said.

The wellbeing team planning day provided the opportunity for staff to consider the elements of the Framework, envisage a scope and sequence for each year, stage and house group to begin implementing, and combine ideas for a school-wide approach to reinforcing the Framework at IGS.

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“This is an opportunity for us to consider in advance how we can lead the students to contemplate this program and consider what it actually means to them,” Ms Duma said when discussing wellbeing plans and projects for 2019.

“This planning will be extremely beneficial to our students, staff and community.

“We want students to feel empowered and embody our school values in everyday life, and I’m excited to see what’s to come in 2019.”

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Learn more about the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework.