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Avonside Girls' High School – Wellbeing programme

Avonside Girls’ High School has a vision that all young women at the school are empowered to be confident in their own identity, are socially and emotionally connected, and flourish in all aspects of their lives. In developing their vision for learning, the school aspired to keep student wellbeing at the forefront of all that they do, believing that students cannot learn or achieve their potential without a strong sense of wellbeing.

In 2015, the school began a consultative review of its vision and goals as part of preparation for relocating to a new site in 2019, where they will be co-locating with Shirley Boys’ High School. One component of this review was a focus on how they could further support and develop the wellbeing of students, the outcome of which was the 2017 implementation of a schoolwide wellbeing programme: Flourishing @ Avonside.

Programme design and implementation

Staff learning and development

Review and evidence-gathering

Next steps

The next steps for the Flourishing @ Avonside wellbeing programme are to:

  • create consistency across the school in the delivery of the wellbeing programme, processes and approaches;
  • increase student leadership and ownership;
  • trial integration of wellbeing strategies into curriculum areas; and
  • increase community awareness.

Following the co–location, the focus will be on ensuring that wellbeing remains at the heart of the school in its new location, and that the wellbeing philosophy has been sustainably embedded across all aspects of school life.

Top tips

This has been a positive move for Avonside Girls’ High School to encourage and develop the resiliency and wellbeing of their students. It has been well–grounded in the school’s vision and strategic goals that were reviewed prior to the introduction of the programme. Their advice to others contemplating developing their own programme focussing on student wellbeing is:

  • Work out your WHY first – why do you want to change, why do you want to develop a wellbeing programme?
  • Make sure your reasoning is grounded in the school’s vision and strategic goals.
  • Invest time (up to a full year) preparing staff by investing time in professional learning and development.
  • Focus on the needs of your students – look at other programmes and models but adapt to suit your learners, community and staff.
  • CONSULT, CONSULT, CONSULT – staff, students and the wider community.

Flourishing @ Avonside model

The following illustration shows the overall model and components of the Flourishing @ Avonside programme.

Avonside Girl's wellbeing model

Further reading and resources

The Flourishing @ Avonside programme builds upon research, writings and work of the following: