Whitefriars College Wellbeing Program

At Whitefriars, we realise that students require explicit teaching and learning experiences to promote their holistic development and life-long learning. As such, the Wellbeing Program, which involves one session a week, aims to provide a range of experiences and exposure to a range of issues that focus on building positive relationships with self and others and empowering young men to be resilient, confident and live with integrity.

In Term 2, students investigated the reality of coping with failure. Failure is inevitable in life, and some of the best lessons we learn come from experiences where we fail. Students experienced a number of orchestrated activities where failure was inevitable. In doing these, students also monitored their responses to the failure, with specific attention paid to developing new plans to accomplish a task, rather than giving up and losing hope. This unit culminated in in a number of teachers and students sharing their experiences of failure in their lives with all students. The focus was on how they coped and what they learnt, rather than the failure itself. Some moving disclosures helped students understand that it is ok to fail; it is how we respond which is most important.

In Term 3, Nicola Morgan’s, Positively Teenage: A positively brilliant guide to teenage well-being (2018) will be used as the basis for the work the students will undertake. Using the FLOURISH principles, in vertical Pastoral Care groups students will investigate, plan and deliver activities from one or more of these principles promoting aspects of brain health:

Food: Learn which food best promote brain health

Liquid: Water is important for a healthy brain

Oxygen: Exercise pushes more oxygen pushes to the brain

Use: Use all areas of your brain by doing lots of activities

Relaxation: Your brain will work best if you have frequent rest breaks and relax properly

Interest: Keep your brain interested by not spending too long on the same thing

Sleep: Learn how to get a better sleep and you will feel happier and work better

Happiness: Laughter is great brain medicine.

The purpose of these activities is to make students think carefully how to promote a healthy brain, which in turn provides puts them in the best position to help themselves remain happy, well-functioning young gentle men.

At Whitefriars, we continue to help our young me develop the skills and attitudes to ensure they thrive, both in their time at the College and beyond the gates.


Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students

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