We are currently in the third year of a five-year implementation plan of our whole school Wellbeing and Inclusion framework – the consolidation phase. Over the next two years, we are aiming to refine and build on the initiatives introduced throughout 2019 and 2020; our Connect, Thrive and Strive program, our suite of House and Community events, our Positive Education Days and our Succeed program. These are all underpinned by the six elements of wellbeing taken from Positive Psychology known as PERMA-H, and supported by the VIA Character Strengths, our own QACI Pillars and the IB Learner Profile.
The theme for this year is From little things, big things grow – where we acknowledge that it is often the small things that make the biggest difference, particularly when done collectively and consistently. For example, with the Strive component of our program, we are employing a whole of school wrap-around approach whereby Year Level Coordinators, Heads of Department, Subject Teachers and Connect Coaches are all checking in and supporting our students on Time Management and Study Organisation Skills. Parents can also help with this by checking in with your student at home with questions like:
- How did you go with your 'to do list' today?
- What went well for you this week – did you stick to your plan? What could you do differently next week?
- What do you need to prioritise?
- What little step can you take right now towards your goal?
Knowing that someone cares and is interested in how you're going is a great motivator!
House Events this semester
We have recently had a successful and enjoyable whole school House Event- Aquafest, with Èveiller coming out on top! The students are currently designing and creating their Connect Identity Boards and next term, we hope to bring Runfest back - with COVID last year, we morphed this into a Funfest, and we also have our Songfest to look forward to on the last day of Term 2. These events bring our community together and create enjoyable experiences that foster positive emotion, relationship building and engagement with our students. The QACI flock definitely displays a fierce and feisty House spirit throughout these events, and pepper them with their own flair and originality!
As a school we are expanding our Succeed Program this year, with a particular focus on Year 12 students. We are currently offering small group, opt-in, short courses during their Friday spare to work on topics such as procrastination, perfectionism and time management. These programs are designed to offer our students a more targeted and intensive assistance to help remove any barriers that might be holding them back from achieving their goals. We are thrilled with the take up so far and are looking to grow the program in Term 2 with further offerings.
If you have any questions or would like further information on Wellbeing at QACI, please don't hesitate to contact either myself or our Year Level Coordinators. We place at the heart of all we do the nurturing of our high achieving students and look forward to partnering with you throughout the year to help them achieve their goals.
HoD Student Services
If you would like to read more on our Wellbeing and Inclusion framework, please refer to the front section of your student's Connect Journal.