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Wellbeing

The College supports students to flourish across spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, cultural and physical dimensions.

Our evidence-based wellbeing program is designed to create a strong sense of identity and belonging that increases connection and resilience.

An Evidence-Based Approach

YEAR 12 STUDENTS AND DEPUTY PRINCIPAL – STUDENT & STAFF WELLBEING, MR PATRICK BRENNAN

Students who feel connected to each other, their families and the wider community find greater purpose and meaning in their lives – and they’re also more likely to reach their academic potential. This is why every Waverley student is encouraged to develop positive relationships across the whole College community. That includes teachers and support staff as well as students from Year 5 through to Year 12.

We follow a comprehensive wellbeing framework based on five pillars: Cognitive Learning, Physical Activity, Social Relationships, Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Purpose.

Vertical House Structure

FAMILY TRADITION: SIBLINGS ARE ALLOCATED TO THE SAME HOUSE

Every student belongs to one of our eight houses: Aungier, Brennan, Conlon, Green, Lacey, O’Connor, Quinn or Tevlin. Each House is led by a Head of House, who is based in our purpose-built Wellbeing Centre.

Heads of House play an important role in nurturing House spirit and creating a safe, supportive environment that benefits wellbeing.

Wellbeing Mentors and Groups

Year 11 study group

YEAR 11 STUDENTS AND HEAD OF AUNGIER HOUSE, MR JOHN MCCOY

Every teacher at the College is a wellbeing mentor with an allocated mentor group. Mentor groups meet every morning and consist of approximately 12 students from different year groups.

 

“My mentor group is a big part of my life. We’re all really close in there.”

– Will Baker, 2020 Vice Captain and Rugby Captain

On-Campus Health and Wellbeing Specialists

School psychologists, Ms Tessa Prior, Mr Greg Cameron and Ms Alex McCredie

School psychologists Ms Alex McCredie, Mr Greg Cameron and Ms Tessa Prior

We have three registered psychologists based on campus, as well as a College nurse who manages our Health Centre. In the past, we’ve also worked with Professor Donna Cross from Edith Cowan University and The Positivity Project, whose research supports our approach to wellbeing.

Wellbeing Activities and Events

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING AND VIOLENCE

Students engage in a range of wellbeing activities throughout the academic year. This includes our Big Brother Little Brother program, where students from the Junior School are paired with a mentor from the Senior School. We also participate in national events like RUOK? Day and the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.