We have developed an evidence-based wellbeing framework which is mapped across all stages of learning from Years 5 to 12. The framework helps students to flourish across our five wellbeing dimensions: cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
We are committed to developing a positive classroom environment that supports the learning of all students. It is important that each student feels that they are known, valued and cared for as an individual.
We know that students who feel connected to each other, their families and the wider community, find greater purpose and meaning in their lives, and importantly, have the best outcomes at school.
We Value Equity in Education
At Waverley we believe in equality, appreciate diversity, and value inclusion. Equity in education means providing all students, regardless of their background, abilities and preferences, with the teaching and learning resources they need to be successful.
Vertical House Structure
Throughout their Waverley journey students belong to one of our eight Houses. Each House is led by a Head of House, who is based in our Wellbeing Centre. Our Heads of House nurture House spirit and help to create a safe and supportive environment.
Wellbeing Mentors and Groups
Every teacher at the College is a wellbeing mentor with an allocated wellbeing group. These groups meet every morning with the aim of developing a strong bond with their mentor and group across year levels.
In this time, we also unpack issues affecting adolescents including character development, equality, respectful relationships, men’s health, discrimination, and local and global issues. This program is also supported by expert guest speakers.
On-Campus Health and Wellbeing Specialists
We have three registered psychologists based on campus to support students and their families, as well as a College nurse who manages our Health Centre.
All staff at the College, both teaching and non-teaching, have completed Mental Health First Aid Training through Mental Health First Aid Australia.
All staff have been upskilled and equipped with the knowledge and skills to recognise mental health problems, and to confidently provide the appropriate support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Waverley is currently one of only two schools in NSW and the first Catholic school in NSW to achieve a Gold level recognition certification.
Wellbeing Activities and Events
Our students engage in a range of wellbeing activities and incursions throughout the academic year. This includes our Big Brother Little Brother Program, where students from the Junior School are mentored by students from the Senior School, as well as events such as R U OK? Day, International Women’s Day, White Ribbon Day, Men’s Health Week and the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, to name a few.