“Wellbeing is a dynamic state, in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others, and contribute to their community.”
The NEGS Wellbeing Program is a unique philosophy that has been embedded across both the junior and senior school since its development by Director of Student Wellbeing, Mrs Angela Sole in 2013. NEGS is one of approximately 50 government and independent schools across Australia to have adopted positive education since 2008. Other schools leading the way include Loreto Kirribilli, Geelong Grammar in Victoria and Knox Grammar in Sydney.
Mrs Sole has spent significant time researching the benefits of similar programs, attending national conferences addressing issues facing young women today and consulting experts in the field. She firmly believes that investing in the mental health of students can lead to improvements in social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes. The NEGS Wellbeing Program builds on strong research by World leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing Martin Seligman and is underpinned by five key elements (PERMA):
NEGS are constantly integrating current research. To support the program a position has been created dedicated to the program, and Director of Wellbeing Mrs Angela Sole is tasked with training teachers in the tenets of positive psychology as a preventative measure to reduce depression, anxiety and stress.
The program aims to promote resilience by teaching students to think more realistically and flexibly about the problems they encounter by teaching assertiveness, creative brainstorming, decision-making, relaxation, and other coping skills.
How else do we support our program?
Throughout the year NEGS invites a range of guest speakers to address the senior school girls on issues facing teenagers today.
The school holds an annual ‘Wellbeing Day’, dedicated to educating and empowering students to work on improving healthy attitudes to body, diet and esteem. The day includes guest speakers, fun activities plus actions and tips on thought control and coping strategies.
On a weekly basis our tutor groups continue to make their way through the key Character Strengths including ways of practising Gratitude, Hope, Humour and Spirituality. They also practise Mindfulness and reflect on What Went Well during the week.
Much current educational research points to the benefits of adding Mindfulness to a student’s everyday life and the NEGS staff and support network are incorporating these strategies so we can help our girls find the right balance between study and keeping healthy.
Wellbeing Director, Mrs Angela Sole’s vision for this project is to achieve a whole school culture that realises positive relationships, high functioning teams and highly engaged teachers.
Our students all have access to a dedicated Moodle site called “Student Wellbeing@ NEGS” which lists strategies, tips and websites that have been carefully selected to assist teenagers in all manner of Wellbeing concerns that may arise.
Student Wellbeing Hub
This website offers parents all the latest strategies and resources for helping your daughter as she navigates Senior School. Please visit: www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/parents for details on Wellbeing and Online Safety.