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Planning Waverley’s Wellbeing Program

Director of Wellbeing, Matthew Porter

Director of Wellbeing, Matthew Porter

From Director of Student Wellbeing, Matthew Porter

It was an absolute delight to see the level of interest and commitment shown by the Senior Students who applied for leadership positions for 2017. This reflects the positive culture of the College articulated in the Strategic Plan as Waverley students build positive, resilient relationships and demonstrate leadership.

Congratulations to all of the staff and students involved in the application and selection process. I look forward to working closely with each of you to further enhance current wellbeing practices.

I have spent much of the last week attending Professional Learning programs run by Geelong Grammar’s Institute for Positive Education. Through the “Introduction to Positive Education”, “Positive Education in Action” and “Implementing Positive Education” workshops I have shared experiences with educators from across Australia and the world.

I also had the opportunity to visit a number of comparable schools in and around Melbourne to learn from their experiences in implementing a vertical House structure for the delivery of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care Programs. Without exception, all of these schools reported that the ongoing relationships developed between boys and their families, the mentors and the Head of House had a marked impact on student connectedness and wellbeing.

I am sure that by working closely with our newly elected student leaders, the Heads of House and the broader Waverley community that we can continue to build upon the outstanding array of programs and opportunities available and thereby optimise the holistic wellbeing of our students.