At St Mary’s, our students thrive in a learning environment built on the foundations of self-discovery and belonging. Our students are known by their teachers and peers, have a say in their learning pathway, and are supported and nurtured throughout their schooling journey. Our Anglican values ensure that our girls are cared for and encouraged to care for others.
In addition to providing our students with engaging learning experiences, we are committed to providing them with consistent and structured opportunities to foster positive relationships with themselves, each other, their teachers and their community.
Our Junior School provides students with the necessary skills, values and knowledge to discover their best and contribute to their communities.
Staff incorporate the latest evidence-based wellbeing practices into their teaching to nurture our students’ emotional health and promote a growth mindset. By adopting a growth mindset, our girls learn to embrace challenges and collaborate with others to formulate solutions. Our Junior School girls also receive regular Protective Behaviours education.
Our pastoral care program also extends to our parents. St Mary’s hosts regular parent information sessions where our parents are afforded opportunities to hear from leading experts in the fields of health and wellbeing.
In the Senior School, we support our students’ journeys of self-discovery and encourage them to take charge of their own wellbeing, as well as their learning, so that they are prepared for life after school.
Our Senior School Wellbeing Team oversees the organisation of our pastoral care program. Comprising our Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students and Wellbeing, Heads of Year, Psychology Services team, Chaplain and Health Centre staff, the Senior School Wellbeing Team works alongside classroom teachers to incorporate proactive practices, positive psychology and social emotional learning into our students’ everyday experiences.
Senior School students also enjoy the benefits of belonging to a Link group with a dedicated Link Teacher. Link groups meet every day, and they are a place where our students feel known and valued.
Our Psychology Services team promotes positive wellbeing and provides additional support to students in times of need. The team works with Senior School Heads of Year to develop wellbeing programs that help our girls build their resilience and discover their best selves.