St John’s is guided by a wellbeing philosophy that has a strong focus on the social and emotional development of each child. Students actively participate in the Live Life Well @ School program that teaches children healthy lifestyle choices. A daily fitness program, bike track, ‘Crunch and Sip,’ and participation in gardening activities, all promote St John’s philosophy of individual student wellbeing.
Children are being actively encouraged to explore their environment and take calculated risks by building cubbies, using climbing equipment and to ride bikes during break times in the school day. These activities promote growth in children’s level of engagement in physical activities and their ability to judge successfully how to take calculated risks that increase enjoyment but maintain safe practices. These are all great lessons to learn in the safety of the schoolyard.
Cross stage participation in sporting, academic and playtime activities, promotes inclusion and acceptance of individual differences, where each child is accepted and encouraged to achieve their potential. Children from Transition to Year 6 enjoy our playground and special activities that promote peer interaction, support and fun.
The Wellbeing course at St John’s aims to create the conditions for a flourishing life for all students. The St John’s Wellbeing program will provide opportunities to find out about the ways and processes in achieving wellbeing, including learning from setbacks and adversity, to become more resilient and having time to reflect on how we might bring about our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us.
‘Well-being is a dynamic state, in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others and contribute to their community’ (Foresight Report published by the Government Office for Science in 2008, UK).
Our Wellbeing Program builds on strong research by international esteemed psychologist Martin Seligman. He states that Wellbeing should be taught in school because it would be an antidote to the runaway incidence of depression, a way to increase life satisfaction and an aid to better learning and more creative thinking.
Seligman’s research in education models reveal that a positive mood produces broader attention, more creative and holistic thinking. This is in contrast to negative mood, which produces narrowed attention, more critical thinking and more analytic thinking.
The St John’s Wellbeing program has been developed from Kindergarten to Year 6 with a sequenced program so students entering the Senior School are continuing on from their prior knowledge in the Junior School.
The Wellbeing Program is strongly embedded in all Junior School classwork, specialist lessons and extra curricular activities. Our teachers provide a caring and enriching environment for all students to succeed.