While a focus on student wellbeing is integrated across all of the College’s curriculum, programs and activities, specific wellbeing programs aim to equip Methodist Ladies' College students with the skills, values, knowledge and attitudes that are essential to active participation in a 21st century global community.
Wellbeing programs are tailored to each age group, and build on skills and knowledge learned in previous years. Program content is regularly reviewed and is informed by both the latest research and ongoing evaluation by students and staff. MLC engages a range of experts in the wellbeing field to advise on program development, and provide training for staff.
MLC has adopted a whole school approach to mindfulness as a key strategy to promote student wellbeing and learning. Students across the College learn to practise and utilise mindfulness as a tool to improve concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self and social awareness.
All students participate in MLC’s unique Online Safety and Ethics (OSE) program, which endeavours to raise student awareness, understanding and skill levels when working and socialising online.
BounceBack has taught me to think positively and to stay strong no matter what and to try your best to always be kind. BounceBack is a great way for students to learn different things. Miriam, Year 6 student
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.
The wellbeing program for Year 7 students is designed to foster independence and resilience as these students begin their journey into secondary school.
Each student takes part in Triple T (Time to Think and Talk), an innovative program designed to provide students with the opportunity to think and explore the consequences of their choices. Students also participate in a mindfulness program, while our Big Sister program links two Year 11 students to each Year 7 Home Group, to provide support, guidance and role-modelling. On camp at MLC Banksia our Year 7s are accompanied by two Year 11 Outdoor Leaders who, along with our cohesive team of Year 7 teachers, are also integral contributors to the Year 7 wellbeing program.
The Year 8 wellbeing program 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 stand is sport, and students are encouraged to participate in creating lifelong habits that incorporate physical fitness. 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.
The Middle School wellbeing program is shaped by four main principles: Self-Awareness; Choices and Responsibilities; Community and Connectedness; and Transitions.
In the Year 9, students explore their sense of belonging within the community and the role they play in shaping it. Other aspects of the program include mindfulness, goal setting and developing an understanding of oneself as a learner. Through their experiences at MLC Marshmead or in Melbourne Term, students are encouraged to develop a positive sense of self and develop the skills to work collaboratively with others and build supportive relationships.
The Year 10 program ensures that students develop a positive sense of identity, and skills in 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. The second half of the Year 10 program is specifically designed to assist students with their transition from Middle School to Senior School and beyond. Activities allow students to investigate the VCE, VCE VET and IB study options and make informed choices on which path to take. Students also develop specific study skills, such as examination techniques.
The Senior School wellbeing program focuses on making positive choices and is designed around the key themes of personal organisation, personal health and personal safety. 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 the well4twelve@mlc wellbeing day, which aims to provide experiential learning that will assist students to develop tools they can use in Year 12 and beyond: resilience, coping, making good choices, having fun and trying new things.
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