Tenison Woods College is committed to creating a vibrant, transformative and resilient learning community with wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. Resilience and wellbeing are essential for both academic and social development and this is accentuated by the provision of safe, supportive and respectful learning environments. Not only do confident, resilient young people with a capacity for emotional intelligence perform better academically, these skills can also contribute to the creation of strong social bonds and supportive communities, and the maintenance of healthy relationships and responsible lifestyles.
We undertake to teach our students the skills they need to flourish, to manage and cope with opportunities and challenges in a changing world and to achieve their goals. To this end we have formed a partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research institute (SAHMRI) to deliver Wellbeing and Resilience Training to our school community, staff, students and parents. This program stresses the importance of PERMA + in our lives: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment plus nutrition, sleep and optimism.
Wellbeing is ingrained in our culture as part of our teaching and learning framework. The skills and mindsets that promote wellbeing are taught explicitly within our Pastoral Care programs and implicitly through a network of structured support to meet the needs of each student’s physical, spiritual, social, mental and emotional health.
Pastoral Care Programs
Throughout the year all students undertake a specific curriculum based on a variety of programs such as the state Child Protection Curriculum, Keeping Cyber Safe, Breaking the Silence on Violence, Kimochis, Bounce Back and other social and emotional resources tailored to meet the needs of our students and current issues.
We are very well resourced with staff to support our students to enhance their resilience, deal with issues and navigate 21st century issues. Each year level has a Wellbeing Coordinator who is responsible for overseeing the students in their year level, providing support for students and their teachers and helping to create a sense of belonging that is so important. As well as Wellbeing Coordinators we have three student counsellors who are available to all students and families. Josie Ashby works with R-5 and conducts screening of student development and runs prosocial groups. Laura Herbert and Mairead Mackle undertake face to face counselling and assist with proactive class programs. In addition, we have a Director of Wellbeing who works closely with families and oversees health and welfare policies and programs.
Part of fostering wellbeing is recognising the need to have a strong culture of student leadership. Our students have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills either through student councils or specific interest groups. Each sub-school has a Student Council, a Social Justice Group and an Environmental Group. These opportunities are further enhanced by leadership roles in sport and music.
Senior Student Leaders 2019
James Lucas, Emily Turley
Adele Prosperi Porta, Ryleigh McBain, Laura Cesario
Clare Jolley, Chloe Futcher, Rylee Snook, Chelsea Moulden, Matthew Dell ‘Antonio, Lily Bannister
Breydon Verryt Reid, Sabina Theobald, Lexie Saxon
Portia Holdman, Taylor Pearson
Gabby Van Rijn, Bailey Musci
Champagnat: Finn Grimes, Sarah Opie
McAuley: Kyle Jones, Lara MacGregor
MacKillop: Matt Black, Lara Willoughby
Woods: Nick Kourmouzis, Hannah Nulty