Social and emotional wellbeing underpin effective student learning and positive behaviour and we maintain a critical focus in this area. Our community values all members and promotes positive relationships, particularly between teachers and students. The Wellbeing Program centres on the 3Rs: Relationships, Resilience and Respect.
The School is committed to implementing the principles of Restorative Justice to encourage students to develop responsibility for their own actions. Restorative Practices have been incorporated into a whole school approach and is represented by a range of informal and formal strategies such as the use of effective language, restorative conversations, class circles and community conferencing.
Restorative Practices involve the use of transferable values and principles to promote social equity in relationships, empathy and personal accountability.
The House system in Senior School provides the framework for pastoral care with Heads of House monitoring and following up all students for academic and wellbeing progress. The Houses are in friendly competition for sports, public speaking, singing and community activities. Students are deeply connected to their Houses and House spirit is strong. Junior School also has Houses in which they undertake sport and other activities. All Houses are named for significant historical figures in the School’s history of local history.
Throughout the School there is a strong focus on healthy lifestyles, personal wellbeing, mental health, cyber safety, protective behaviours and generally caring for self. This is supported through the wellbeing programs across the School. In addition to the learning programs, we have a fully equipped Health Centre staffed by registered nurses. They provide immediate first aid and care during the School day. We also have School Counsellors who provide support for students across the School as required.
Leadership is formal and informal throughout the School with elected positions in both Junior and Senior School. There are many additional opportunities for students at every level to engage in active leadership in all aspects of school life which they embrace with enthusiasm.
Community Service – Care for others
Making a valuable contribution to the lives of others helps build character and a strong sense of self. All students are encouraged to participate in community initiatives – within the School community or the wider local or global community through a vibrant and lively service program. For nearly ten years, the School has had a focus on supporting Kampuchea House, a residential facility for young people in Cambodia, from a whole school perspective.
The Junior Action Service Program (JASP) has become increasingly popular amongst students in Years 5 and 6. Against a background of Westbourne’s whole school focus on the Kampuchea House community service project, JASP is designed to encourage and facilitate opportunities for younger students to become involved in activities that strengthen their engagement in both school life and the wider community. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and all JASP activities are student initiated and carried out, with individuals nominating the specific causes they want to support and the ways in which this will be achieved.
There are many other service opportunities for students but the key is to develop a sense of commitment to social justice, diversity and care for our planet. The House system throughout the School gives a structure to the many and varied activities within the school and provides rich leadership opportunities for students at all year levels.