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Known, Nurtured, Valued and Challenged

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25 February 2021

Known, Nurtured, Valued and Challenged

Known, Nurtured, Valued and Challenged

Scotch life continues to be dynamic, and it’s been a pleasure to be involved with the incredible series of events over the last 2 weeks: The Swimming Carnival, a Student Led Assembly, an excellent FriYAY event held by the Year 12 leaders, the commencement of Camp Programs and more! In amongst this excitement, however, I’ve taken the moment to step back and consider some of the people, policies and processes that enable these events to be exemplary moments of connection, joy and Scotch spirit.

Firstly, it’s hard to look past the Heads of House, who traditionally look after the social, emotional and academic progress of each student. After a Pastoral Review concluded in 2020, we have augmented their roles to encompass a greater focus as student wellbeing leaders. I’m so pleased to report that each Head of House has now received an increase in their release time to work closely with each of their students. Additionally, each Head of House will take a Wellbeing class with their House group once per week in Years 8, 9 and 10. More can be read about the focus of that program here.

These strategic changes ensure we bring the Head of House mission statement to life, ensuring that “each individual is known, nurtured, valued and challenged”. We see these 4 principles as both a protective factor and an enabler for each student. I encourage you to access the hyperlinks on each key for a further definition on how we ensure these statements are brought to life.



In addition to the structural changes above, each Head of House has opted into overseeing one element of the evolution of the Wellbeing Program at the College. We have high aspirations for these initiatives, each of which will engage student, staff and community input. At present, they’ve chosen to work towards: the development of a Personal Wellbeing Plan for each student, enhancement of the Peer Mentoring Program, leading the aforementioned House Wellbeing curriculum, mapping a contemporary approach to Mindfulness in Schools, diversifying the Saies Shield and running the consultation processes to best activate the Wellbeing and Sports Centre (For which the ground was officially broken on Wednesday evening).

Each of these initiatives stands to provide great benefit to students as they learn to navigate the day-to-day movement of College life – though also learning how to optimise their social, physical, psychological and academic fitness for present and future success.

These outstanding educators and people act as a central source of information, guidance, counsel and motivation. They create a community within the community and possess the wellbeing literacy to help every student at Scotch find their thing. For parents, they provide the first point of contact from which to ask questions, be they large or small, complicated or straightforward. Rest assured, your child’s Head of House will be able to provide or find the answer to your questions.

Importantly, today has been a moment for the Heads of House to unpack and explain 5 of our most important student-centred College policies. We’ve informed all students that the safe, supportive and inclusive community we are a part of is, in part, made possible by the expectations, guidelines and standards outlined within each document. Our social norms are a balance between our culture and community expectations, though also the policies that guide our behaviours. Specifically, the following policies were presented:

  • Child Protection policy
  • Student Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Uniform Policy
  • Substance Use Policy
  • Non-Mandated Use of Personal Devices Policy

These policies can all be found on the Policies & Reports page of this website.

Early student feedback from today’s policy sessions highlight that students appreciated the clarity of why policies exist and why it is important to regularly discuss their content as a community. It stands to reason that whilst House is an enjoyable part of Scotch life – there’s also a need to direct or in some cases redirect students when behaviour falls outside of expectations.

We’re strong advocates for the idea that each and every one of these experiences and polices enable success in both the present and in the long term. A quality education does not end as Year 12s leave the Chapel and we believe that a strong understanding of the College’s policies, underpinned by a nurturing environment will generate success as young adults and future professionals. 

Read on to see further reports from the wonderful start year. As you do, take a moment to celebrate your child’s Head of House, who will be working both behind the scenes and out the front to ensure all have their place in the Scotch community and that all students are known, nurtured, valued and challenged.

Shawn Kasbergen
Director of Student Wellbeing

 

More from the 2021 Heads of House

The Wellbeing Curriculum
The Sales Shield

 

The House Wellbeing Mission

Ensuring each individual is known, nurtured, valued and challenged.

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