Pastoral Care - Positive Wellbeing

Positive wellbeing at Somerville House encompasses all students, staff, parents and members of our community.  We focus on positively shaping the future of young women: the way they think and perceive themselves and others and the world around them. We strive to educate them to initiate ideas and meet and challenge the modern complexities of their future. Our approach is both proactive and reactive, strengthening character and strategically building skills to manage life’s challenges. 

Somerville House exercises an unwavering commitment to nurturing students into well-rounded, confident and knowledgeable global citizens. Our Positive Wellbeing Framework draws from our motto, Honour Before Honours and blends academic learning with character and wellbeing, preparing students with skills for a life of meaning and optimism. The Framework guides the School’s Wellbeing and Pastoral Care programs across the School from Pre-Prep to Year 12 Day and Boarding students.  It focusses on the holistic development of each student, intellectually, emotionally, socially, culturally and spiritually. At its foundation is a commitment to Christian values, beliefs and teachings. 

The positive wellbeing of our students and staff is a priority at Somerville House. The Positive Wellbeing Framework considers the needs of students in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, and staff from all areas of the School. It incorporates pastoral care programs managed by the Dean of Students, Chaplains, Head of Boarding, Assistant Head of Junior School, Heads of Year, Junior School Co-ordinators, the School Psychologist and Careers Counsellor in Student Services, and the Health Centre Manager and Registered Nurses. 

The Positive Wellbeing Framework is embedded throughout the School. It follows our Christian values and teachings, in our expectations of self, our communication and relationships with others, within our pastoral care programs, and within the nurturing culture and opportunities offered for engagement.  Positive wellbeing is evident within our culture at Somerville House, in our interactions, activities and celebrations.