A safe and nurturing community.
Swan Christian College’s wellbeing program Living Well encourages mindfulness, exercise, and other stress-busting strategies, while also providing additional mental health resources and information for parents to access as they help their children through the rapidly changing social fabric and the stresses of teenage years.
Wellbeing programs in the Junior and Senior Schools are strongly established and have been designed to ensure that every student can flourish as individuals within community.
In our Senior School the Living Well program delivers strategies and a better understanding of our changing world to our students and will actively focus on preparing our students for life beyond school.
Workshops for students and parents with quality specialist facilitators are made available. Our Living Well program includes opportunities to develop resilience, confidence and future ready skills.
The Bible affirms each of the following elements in our understanding of humanity, which together form the basis of all wellbeing programs at Swan Christian College.
We understand people to be:
- Physical – we have physical bodies that need nurturing, strengthening and training.
- Emotional – we are psychological beings with high levels of self-awareness. Our emotional experiences are just as real as our physical ones.
- Social – we are members of social networks of varying complexity and require positive, encouraging and supportive relationships.
- Mental – we have the faculties and intellectual capacity for growth and creativity.
- Spiritual – we have a fundamental need for relationship with God, the source of true life.
In the Junior School, students are nurtured within their class group. The classroom teacher is best placed to provide the care and support needed during the students’ time at school.
The fulltime Junior School Chaplain and College Psychologist are available to provide specialist support to the classroom teacher where needed, and provide services including early intervention programs, psychological testing and referrals to external providers.
The Deputy Head and Head of Junior School, together with the Educational Support Coordinator, are also members of the Junior School Pastoral Care Team and assist the classroom teacher by monitoring academic progress, providing counsel in the development of individual learning plans and responding to other individual needs as they arise.
The Mentor Group and Mentor Teacher are important elements of stability and support for students. Dean of Years have oversight of pastoral care for each year group in the Senior School, as students continue to meet daily with their Mentor Group and Mentor Teacher.
The Dean of Year will listen, encourage and support students on their journey through Senior School. Using a coaching philosophy, they inspire and empower the students to take responsibility for their own decisions and together with the Educational Support Coordinator, Senior School Chaplain and College Psychologist.
A specialist group of staff are specifically chosen to work with the Dean of Year 7 to assist students in their significant year of transition into the secondary years.
At Swan Christian College our Living Well Program provides students with experiences, lasting memories and stories.
The Living Well Themes for each year group are:
Year 7 – Awe and Wonder
Year 8 – Growth
Year 9 – Story and Challenge
Year 10 – Vision
Year 11 – Leadership and Community
Year 12 – Gratitude and Legacy
Meet the Wellbeing Team
Swan Christian College works diligently to create a safe and nurturing environment that provides students with the opportunity to flourish. Our staff provide pastoral care and ensure the provision of support measures to address the holistic wellbeing of each student.
We strongly believe that investing in the wellbeing of our students will not only achieve superior academic outcomes but will furthermore equip students with wellbeing strategies and a better understanding of our changing world, preparing our students for life beyond school.
We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce each of the staff members in our Wellbeing and Student Services teams who play an important part in making your child feel like they belong:
Living Well Resources
It has been a particular emphasis of Swan Christian College to provide a safe and nurturing community that encourages students to respect themselves and others.
Below we have put together a list of resources relating to student wellbeing that might be of help to students, parents and staff.
Please click here to download the Living Well – Wellbeing for Life booklet (4MB download).
SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more.
SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.
Click on the icon below to access the SchoolTV library and special reports:
The National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace has produced fact sheets and other resources designed for young people, family and friends of and professionals who work with young people.
Please follow the link below to access headspace resources and fact sheets: