MLC has long been recognised for its high quality wellbeing programs, providing students with the best possible support as they learn and grow.

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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 further explored below.

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Wellbeing Programs

Every student has a designated teacher who is directly responsible for her wellbeing. Together with other key wellbeing staff, this teacher acts as a focal point across a larger network of support staff for students. He or she regularly monitors the learning and the wellbeing of students through direct contact, regular feedback from class teachers and communication with parents and guardians.

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.

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Wellbeing Supports

Counselling

The Methodist Ladies' College Counselling Team provides short term counselling services that address students’ social/emotional and wellbeing needs.

The MLC Counselling Team aims to:

  • Provide an early and active response to signs of personal difficulty
  • Assist students to develop problem-solving skills
  • Enhance support networks by strengthening relationships with family, peers and teachers
  • Address concerns in a confidential and respectful way, so that students can take maximum advantage of the learning opportunities at MLC
  • Identify areas of need to be addressed in wellbeing programs. 

The Counselling Service is available to all Prep to Year 12 students and their families and provides:

  • Assessment of social and psychological wellbeing of individual students
  • Personal and confidential counselling
  • Referral to and liaison with private practitioners and community agencies
  • Consultation and support to families and caregivers
  • Consultation and collaboration with MLC staff

Counselling is provided by a qualified team of social workers and psychologists with family therapy training and extensive experience in child/family development and child/adolescent mental health.

Chaplains

Methodist Ladies' College students, staff and community come from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds. The College’s Chaplains work to build bridges and understanding between all belief systems and see the diversity that each student brings as a gift to our community.

To ensure that the spiritual wellbeing of every student is catered for, the curriculum taught in the Religious Education classroom is open and inclusive. Students approach spirituality, religion, ethics and philosophical studies in an explorative and questioning manner.

MLC Chaplains welcome student leadership in devotions and chapel services. They also support other aspects of College life, including working with students to organise events such Anti-Poverty Week, Reconciliation Week and Diversity Week.

Health Centre

The Methodist Ladies' College Health Centre is staffed from 8 am until 4.15 pm by a team of registered nurses. It is a private service for students, staff and visitors to attend when injured or feeling unwell.

The Health Centre has seven beds that can accommodate students who need to recover for a short time before returning to class or going home. The nurses aim to provide a safe environment and offer accurate health information to students, both individually and through a range of targeted health and wellbeing sessions they deliver to all students.