At St Cuthbert’s we understand the complexities and pressures of our young people as they navigate their journey through childhood to becoming young adults.
Our integrated wellbeing approach is structured to respond to the developmental and mental health needs our girls are facing. In particular we are geared to helping them navigate the modern pressures of meeting academic demands, social connectedness, anxiety (including eating disorders), depression, stress and perfectionism.
To us, your daughter’s overall wellbeing is just as important as her wider education.
We have a dedicated, multidisciplinary team that works together with our teachers, deans, tutor teachers, family, physical coaching and nursing professionals to provide a wraparound network of care. The Wellbeing Faculty, led by Jill Morrison, includes the professional specialised skills of counsellors, a registered child and adolescent psychotherapist, and an Asian mental health practitioner.
Through early intervention our young people are empowered to address and resolve issues. Learning both from successes and disappointment we facilitate the development of independent, confident, self-aware, resilient young women. Partnering with outside agencies, we endeavor to work collaboratively with professionals specialising in anxiety, eating disorders, LGBT and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders), developing plans and appropriate support for young people and their families.
Purposely integrated within our wellbeing framework is the discipline and skill of mindfulness and yoga, an evidenced-based practice enriching self-care, advocacy, personal resilience, and optimal brain function.
With the team developing a more age appropriate social and psychological intervention strategy, a sensory modulation room will be available for use in term 4 2018. This will provide a safe, comforting environment for our young people experiencing high levels of stress. It will be a place where girls can practice self-soothing, calming strategies – especially with the demands and pressures of exams.