Middle School Student Wellbeing

In the Middle School we embrace the College Benedictine and Good Samaritan philosophy of care of others. Lourdes Hill College is committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all students through the establishment of an environment where the mental, physical and emotional welfare of students is protected. Students are expected to treat each other with courtesy and respect and act with a sense of purpose and responsibility that aligns with the Benedictine values of the College.

We understand that girls are happy and flourish when wellbeing programs are aligned to this important stage of their development. Positive relationships with friends, in a secure environment, supported by teachers who know them well are key to ongoing success. 

The College has eight Houses, each named after a significant woman in the life of the College. It is in these Houses that students compete in sporting and cultural activities. From Year 7, students are placed into vertical Home Groups with other students from Year 7 through to Year 12, and a Home Group teacher who oversees their pastoral care and welfare. Students remain in the same Home Group throughout their Lourdes Hill College journey and the Year 7 and Year 8 students form mentoring relationships with their nominated ‘Big Sisters’ from Years 11 and 12. 

We encourage our students to join our many service groups and look beyond themselves to ask how they can give back to the wider community and seek ways to make a difference in the world. We want our students to develop into positive and socially aware thinkers with strong values. We encourage this with a variety of service-learning opportunities along with our Pastoral and Wellbeing programs including Middle School lunch-time activities.

The Middle School wellbeing curriculum includes:

Year 7 - Connection - Positive self-talk, problem solving, building relationships, accessing support networks, character strengths, gratitude and mindfulness.

Year 8 - Belonging - Relationships skills, leadership skills, effective group skills, positive self-talk, gratitude and mindfulness.

Year 9 – Personal Leadership - Emotion management, decision making, interpersonal skills, mindfulness, and gratitude.