WELL- BEING AT MOUNT SINAI COLLEGE

  • Well-being at MSC is integral to our philosophy - we need to consider all facets of the student: educational, physical, emotional and social.
  • We take a whole school approach and we are proud to be a Be U school.
  • Be U is a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and well-being. It promotes social and emotional learning by working authentically with teachers, parents, carers and families.
  • We have a Be U Action Team consisting of teachers that meet regularly (representing all stages of learning), as well as a broader action team that includes parents at the school. 
  • Our brief is very broad – we are concerned with developing a positive school community founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion.

 There are two aspects of well-being at Mount Sinai: the formal and the informal.

THE FORMAL INCLUDES:

  • SEL (SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING) LESSON TIMETABLED FOR EVERY CHILD IN EVERY CLASS IN EVERY WEEK.  Our school uses the Bounce Back programme which focuses on issues such as resilience, emotions, relationships, courage, bullying and being positive.
  • 6 Kinds of Best Values Programme (Kind to Others, Environment, Self, Community, Learning, Achieving).
  • Providing a wide range of lunchtime clubs and societies to encourage students’ interests and passions and provide structured contexts for those students who need this.  Examples include Art Club, Tech Club, Public Speaking, Israeli Dancing, Science Club and Chess.
  • Focus days such as Harmony Day and RUOK? Day watch video here
  • Sporting opportunities before and after school e.g. tennis and touch football.
  • Buddy programmes (Year 6 and Year K; Year 5 and Prep).
  • Ability to consult with the School Psychologist.

THE INFORMAL INCLUDES:

  • Having a “mensch bench” for students to go if they are alone at lunch.
  • Teachers responding to issues that arise in the classroom through conversations and by developing lessons targeting particular social issues eg through social stories.
  • Focus on improving students’ social appropriateness and manners.
  • Consultations with other staff members involved in the care of a child.
  • Liaising with other professionals involved in the care of the student.

FOCUSING ON CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING BENEFITS THEIR LEARNING AND ALL ASPECTS OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT.  THIS IS CENTRAL TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF MOUNT SINAI. 

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