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David Opat – Vice Principal Wellbeing

The student wellbeing program of The King David School focuses on the development of the whole person. The School has looked at the factors that students will require for a successful life and each one of these elements is part of our wellbeing program. It is hoped that our students become productive members of the community, self- aware, purposeful, caring, resourceful and healthy. To achieve these goals the program focuses on the elements shown in the model below.Doc2

The Student Wellbeing Program operates on three levels as displayed below. It has threads that operate throughout all activities of the school. For example the concept of resilience may be studied in a wellbeing class, examined with regard to a character in a novel, discussed when work is returned to a student and talked about before activities on camp. This integrated approach is aimed at embedding the concept in the normal life of each student. wellbeing123

Each year level of the School has defined concepts or topics that are addressed in accordance with their developmental stage. Specifically there are Wellbeing lessons that focus on the development of social skills, health education and moral development. Students are engaged with the Ruler Approach to emotional intelligence which was developed by Yale University. Students also look at a range of important topics including; bullying, cybersafety, friendship, mindfulness, self-esteem and resilience.

An important element of the Wellbeing program is Parent Education. A wide range of topics are offered to parents each year on issues including; cybersafety, alcohol and drugs, supporting students in VCE, friendship, resilience, etc. Similarly the Wellbeing program engages in a great deal of Professional Development for our teachers as they are the front line in assisting students to develop their wellbeing skills.