At Central Coast Grammar School we understand that a school community that cares for every child is crucial. Our Wellbeing programs in the Junior School focus on nurturing self-esteem, resilience and confidence. This ensures each child enters Year 7 with the solid foundations necessary for positive future learning and social development.
Every Junior School classroom teacher has the primary responsibility for the wellbeing of all children within their class. At the same time we recognise the vital role a supportive family plays in the wellbeing of a child and therefore welcome active participation by parents, grandparents and friends in our school community. Our family spirit creates an environment in which families can feel a sense of belonging and children can shine.
The K-6 Wellbeing Coordinator, Mr Ken Gross, addresses the emotional and social needs of Junior School students. He runs parent support classes, programs for dealing with grief and anxiety and supports teachers and children within the classroom.
Regular communication between home and school
At the beginning of the school year each child is given a school diary that they must bring to school with them daily. The diary presents parents and teachers with a reassuring way to communicate with one another on a regular basis. Notes written in the diary by a parent or teacher could be about a cause for celebration or concern in the life of the child on any given school day. Parents can make an appointment with their child’s teacher at any time by contacting the Junior School Administration Manager.
Wellbeing and the House System
Central Coast Grammar School’s House System provides a close-knit network of support throughout the growing years. Aimed at providing each child with a strong sense of connection to the school community, House activities are woven into many aspects of school life.
Operating across the entire school (K-12), the House System supports the total wellbeing of every student while at the same time actively promotes school spirit. All children starting school at CCGS are assigned to one of our 4 Houses:
The House System promotes the notion of a school as a family, where every child is known and valued.
A unique feature of the House System is the House Family group consisting of 20 or so students from Kindergarten through to Year 12. On starting at our school, each child becomes part of a ‘House Family’ to which they will belong until they leave school. Much like a group of brothers and sisters, older students take a personal interest in the wellbeing of the younger members while young children have the chance to learn from positive role models.
Meeting once a week, children have the opportunity to get to know one another through participation in a range of activities. Because students remain in the same House Family throughout their time at CCGS, they are able to build a solid network of friendship and support that extends across the entire school.
A House Family Tutor oversees each ‘family’ group, monitoring the development and wellbeing of each student as they progress through school. Should any student issues arise, the House Family Tutors work in close association with the student’s class teachers, other staff and parents.
Two on-campus clinical psychologists are available to assist students, staff and parents, as required. Referral to the Counsellors is usually by teacher request and the service is confidential, within the limits of legal requirements for the protection of children.
Children of all ages may make mistakes or errors in judgement at times. The Deputy Head of the Junior School is responsible for overseeing our procedures relating to discipline, which include strategies to ensure children:
- Learn to take responsibility for their actions,
- Make better decisions in future, and
- Develop in their understanding of right from wrong
- Learn from their mistakes
Y7-12 Student Wellbeing