At Whitsunday Anglican School, we recognise that Years 7 and 8 are acknowledged as a critical juncture for student in their adolescence.
During these crucial years we put a strong emphasis on creating enhanced teacher-student pastoral relationships that provide continuity and stability for both our new and current students. As a result, our students are provided a well-rounded education of excellence, setting the foundation for accomplished, confident students and citizens, who are able to take risks in their learning.
As a leading school, it is important that our students and staff are supported to meet a range of new developments in the educational landscape.
Our Dean of Students (Years 7-8) supports the transition of new students who enter Year 7 from the Junior School and those students who join Whitsunday Anglican School externally. The Dean of Students (Years 7-8) reports through to the Head of Senior School, ensuring that our young men and women transition safely into Years 7 and 8, before moving confidentially into Year 9.
Whitsunday Anglican School also has an established partnership with Swinburne University in Melbourne. This progressive collaboration has seen us implement the Aristotle Emotional Intelligence Development programs, delivering pastoral care as well as personal and professional development growth opportunity for our students. Our Year 8 students undertake a Wellbeing Program which aims to continue to support students to develop their personal and social skills in emotional intelligence.
The benefits of these programs are diverse, including: a positive influence on psychological well-being; boosting resilience and coping mechanisms; stress management; improved academic performance in tandem with motivation and focus; improved performance in sport and co-curricular activities; and improved communication and relationship skills.
Further information on these programs are available at https://aristotle-ei.com/.
Mrs Angela Holm
Dean of Students (Years 7-8)