Loyola College’s whole-school approach places wellbeing in the forefront of students’ learning journeys.
In a world where change is a constant that we all must come to terms with, schools have an obligation to provide education that enables and empowers its communities to navigate, adapt and flourish. At Loyola we call our whole-school approach to wellbeing, ‘Positively Ignatian-Positive Education through an Ignatian Lens’. This approach to education places wellbeing in the forefront of our students’ learning journey, enabling them to develop through meaningful, purposeful and positive action.
The Positively Ignatian framework underpins the importance of wellbeing through young people’s spiritual, cognitive, physical, emotional and social growth. As such, we draw from our Ignatian Tradition, Positive Psychology and Restorative Practices.
Explicitly we teach (Positive Education through an Ignatian Lens) through our Personal Development Program drawing from the PERMAH (Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, Health) pillars of Positive Psychology. The program includes lessons on respectful relationships, mindset, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, gratitude, self-talk, visualisation, character strengths, hope, grit, optimism, broaden and build theory, delayed gratification, emotional awareness, self-control, gratitude, empathy etc.
The Personal Development program comprises of classroom-based lessons, guest speaker presentations and external provider workshops. The program is informed by age-specific content, student consultation, wellbeing survey results at each year level and current trends. Wellbeing surveys are consistent across all year levels and measure cognitive, psychological, social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Student voice is essential for a successful program.
Implicitly this is demonstrated in the language and behaviours we exhibit in all that we do as a college community and is reflected through our policies, procedures and initiatives, such as;• Pastoral Care Program• Co-Curricular Program• Approach to behaviour management (Reflection and Discernment)• Wellbeing Literacy• Gratitude and Hope Journals• Goal Setting incorporating PERMAH (Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, Health)• Catholic Social Teaching Principles• Character Strength Showcasing
We acknowledge that our families play an integral role in their children’s overall educational experience and, as such, we actively engage with our parent community through our parent wellbeing portal, access to “school TV”, wellbeing articles in our college newsletter and parent educational evenings led by wellbeing experts.
Loyola is a member of the Ignatian Network, schools in Australasia together with others worldwide that share the spiritual and […]