The College has initiated a broader framework, PROSPER, in which to deliver our wellbeing programs. PROSPER (Positivity, Relationships, Outcomes, Strengths, Purpose, Engagement, Resilience) integrates the science of wellbeing and the latest research into positive education with best practice teaching and learning.
Authored by Assoc Prof Helen McGrath and Dr Toni Noble, PROSPER reflects the important role schools play in preparing students for positive mental health and successful relationships. At its core, PROSPER underpins all of MLC's wellbeing programs.
Wellbeing at MLC consists of many layers, as shown in the diagram below, depending on the stage of schooling to ensure every student is well supported across all facets of their education.
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Junior (Prep - Year 6)
The Junior School Student Health and Wellbeing Curriculum helps students develop personal and interpersonal skills, work collaboratively with others, communicate effectively and make good decisions.
Delivered in a small group context, the Junior School wellbeing program includes Bounce Back! – a classroom social and emotional learning skills program that encourages acceptance, integrity, respect, support, friendliness and co-operation, and helps young people ‘bounce back’ when they experience challenges in their lives.
A buddy program also operates in Junior School, linking Prep and Year 4 students to assist with transition and to help students form friendships across different year levels.
Mindfulness, meditation and yoga are also integrated into Junior School classrooms, with our teachers specially trained to deliver programs that ensure students are able to get the most out of their learning environment.
Junior Secondary (Years 7 and 8)
In Junior Seconday School, MLC focuses on fostering independence and resilience in Year 7 and 8 students.
Year 7 students participate in a mindfulness program and a Big Sister program that links two Year 11 students to each Year 7 Home Group, to provide support and guidance. On camp at MLC Banksia, two Year 11 Outdoor Leaders come along with Year 7 teachers, to provide further positive role-modelling.
Year 8 is underpinned by the themes of Mind, Body and Spirit and incorporates four strands. The first strand is International Forum, where students are encouraged to consider important issues as global citizens. The second strand is sport, where students are supported in creating healthy lifelong habits. The third strand is the Year 8 electives that students undertake, and the fourth strand encompasses a week-long Education Outdoors experience at MLC Banksia. The development of a positive classroom culture is supported by a Connect, Communicate and Co-operate (CCC) activity each term.
Middle (Years 9 and 10)
Year 9 includes mindfulness, goal setting and developing an understanding of oneself as a learner. Through their experiences at MLC Marshmead or in Melbourne Term, students develop a positive sense of self and develop the skills to work collaboratively with others and build supportive relationships.
Year 10 ensures that students develop a positive sense of identity and the skills necessary for responsible decision making. Areas of focus include recognising strengths and interests to inform their academic and life choices, the development of study skills and Work Experience preparations and involvement. Transition from Middle School to Senior School and beyond is also key to the program.
Senior (Years 11 and 12)
Positive choices, personal organisation, personal health and personal safety are key themes in the Senior School wellbeing program. Students explore these themes through activities aimed at developing skills and knowledge in a range of areas including time management, study skills, mindfulness, safe partying, harm minimisation and sexual health.
All Year 12 students take part in a two-part wellbeing program, Fit4Twelve@mlc (held at the end of Year 11), focused on developing healthy habits, and Well4twelve@mlc, which aims to provide experiential learning that will assist students in developing tools that they can use in Year 12 and beyond: resilience, coping, making good choices, having fun and trying new things.