Student Wellbeing

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Canterbury Girls High School is committed to the welfare of all our students. Caring for the personal and social needs of our students is ongoing and continuous. Please see our school's Student Wellbeing Roadmap and also the other pages on this website covering:

Anti-Bullying Cyberbullying Student Achievements
Attendance and Absences School Uniform Student Recognition
Code of Behaviour Student Leadership International Students

“The CGHS Student Wellbeing Committee will constantly improve our approaches in supporting students to become resilient, resourceful 21st century global citizens, ensuring staff, caregivers and community partnerships are enabled to actively plan pathways based upon strengths, passions and needs”

Supporting Key Transitions and Key Components of Student Wellbeing

The wellbeing team, Year Advisors and Depty Principals coordinate support for students at each key transition point in their learning progress throughout secondary school. The cohesion of each cohort is supported through Year Meetings, Week of Wellbeing events (WOW), Field Study Days, Year Camps (Years 7, 9, 11) and an Annual Picnic day. The Personal Best Program is timetabled during DEAR times and addresses key aspects of the student wellbeing framework, which are also reinforced through WOW, RUOK Day and similar whole school events.

Year 6 into 7 (Stage 3 to 4) student transition to high school is supported by the Open Night, School Experience Performing Arts Day, Orientation Day, Term 1 Mentoring Program and the Year 7 Camp. Additionally Year Advisors visit primary schools and the Learning Support Team, including the School Counsellor, do a comprehensive review of students who require support at school, including health issues.

Year 8 into 9 (Stage 4 to 5) students have the opportuniy to participate in mentoring leadership training (see the Student Leadership page for more information). The school links with community agencies who provide support for students to maintain engagement in education.

Year 10 into 11 (Stage 5 to 6). The Careers Advisors work closely with students through the subject selection process in Term 3, and a program of events in Term 4 to prepare students for Stage 6, including Work Experience, Australian Business Week and the PDHPE Life Ready (formerly Crossroads) program. Students have access to Youth Worker and Senior Student Support services to provide additional assistance.

Year 12 to post-school pathways. Support in Stage 6 continues through the senior student Support range of services based in the school library. Personal Best time is used to reinforce study skills, stress management and how to access help when needed. Information about post-school pathways is managed through the Careers Office.


School Assemblies

The assemblies program at Canterbury Girls is an important aspect of student wellbeing. Weekly assemblies are held on a Monday to showcase student achievements, present awards and certificates, acknowledge leadership and participation, as well as other successes. There are Monday assemblies also dedicated to events such as ANZAC Day, NAIDOC week, International Day of Disability,etc. These assemblies are chaired by elected school leaders from Senior Prefects and the SRC.

Selective assemblies occur across the year, when families and the community can join with us in presenting awards, including a Sports Recognition Assembly once per term and the following:

    Term 1-Academic Achievers Assembly, recognising Dux and placegetters of each Year and HSC High Achievers along with a range of Special Awards. (see the section on Student Achievements on this website)

    Term 3- Prefect and SRC Investiture Assembly and Year 12 Graduation Assembly.

    Term 4- Annual Recognition Day


Personal Best Program (PB)

The personal best program is undertaken by all students across 2 sessions on Thursdays and Fridays (see School Bell times for exact times) in addition to DEAR (Drop Everything and Read).

All Stage 4, 5 and 6 students are provided with an independent, self-paced online Personal Best Program covering wellbeing, resilience, coping and help seeking skills, anti-bullying, online safety and respectful relationships. In Stage 6 special focus is given to time management, stress management and post-school pathway planning with support from the School Counsellor and Careers Advisor.

All students who complete the Personal Best online program on Moodle will receive a certificate of completion.  Student Personal Learning Plans for Years 7-9 will be prepared and updated in Term 4.

Specialist student groups including Prefects, SRC and SEA (Environmental Ambassadors) will meet on Thursdays and Fridays. These students are not required to undertake the online program in full. They may choose to complete it independently to gain the certificate of completion.

Personal Best Program Content Outline

Year 7*

Bullying, Friendship

Year 8*

Bullying, Cybersafety

Year 9*

Resilience, self-esteem, individuality, goal setting, friendship, managing emotions & anxiety, healthy relationships vs toxic

Year 10

Goal setting, careers pathways, interview skills, study planning
Mental health - depression & anxiety, loss & grief, eating disorders, mental fitnessPersonal identity – relationships, A&OD’s

Year 11**

Understanding Stage 6, Surviving Year 12: Beyond Blue, CGHS Senior Support Plan, Illness/Misadventure, Time Management, study timetables, Emotional Intelligence, Habits of Mind-School to Work Planning

Year 12**

-Time Management, Motivation: successful student stories and tips, Resources for smarter students and mental health support, Coping with stress, meditation, fitness, Study Skills: Elevate Education, HSC Study Buddy-Online safety

*Years 7-9 students are provided with access to differentiated learning in Literacy and Numeracy, in which they are supported by trained peer learners. These groups will be supported by specialist LaST (learning and Support teachers) and the Mathematics Staff.

**Years 11 and 12 also have support provided by careers, school counsellor and senior student support staff as part of the PB program, including post school planning and stress management.


Annual WOW - Week of Wellbeing

All students in Years 7 to 10 will participate in the annual Week of Well Being, held in mid-August in the first half of Term 3. All events throughout the week are held at the school and students are required to attend every day, as normal, in full school uniform.  Throughout the week, Years 7 to 10 will take part in a range of events which support student wellbeing programs across the curriculum. 

Each Year group will participate in the equivalent of 1 day of workshops, performances and presentations over the course of the week, either in whole school assembly format, small groups or as a Year group.  Areas of the student well-being curriculum to be covered will include: self-esteem, anti-discrimination, coping and stress, making safe and positive choices, setting goals and resilience. 

In recent years we have had the services of Motivational Media, Elevate Education, Young Australia Bamboo Theatre, Brainstorm Productions, Zeal Theatre and Optus Digital Thumbprint in our programs.  Guest Speakers have included Luke Kennedy (2018 – motivational speaker), Manal Younas (2017 – spoken word poet), Randa Abdel-Fattah (2016 – author).

Past Themes have included:
“Young Women Being Inspired to Lead”  

Finding the Hero Within Every Young Woman”

Young Women in the 21st Century: “Keep Calm and Complete the Jigsaw”


LEAPS – Lawyers Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students

This is a Department of Education developed program run at a numerous schools across the Sydney metropolitan area.  Young lawyers donate a lunchtime per fortnight over two – three school terms to meet with students identified as having academic promise, and who will benefit from a one to one mentoring relationship.  The workshop program held over the lunchtime sessions develops students’ motivation, life and vocational goals, study, learning and exam skills, as well as ethics and values. This is a program which has been a part of the Canterbury Girls High School community for over a decade, indicating the success of pairing young people with an empathetic adult mentor, in a structured program over a sustained period of time, to support maximising their potential.


Other Agencies

Canterbury Girls High School has strong links with community services such as:

  • Canterbury Community Health
  • Good Shepherd (formerly Rosemount) Family and Adolescent Services
  • Reconnect Services (Barnados)
  • Breakthru - Belmore Youth Centre.
  • Headspace, Ashfield and other locations
  • Police Schools' Liaison

These agencies provide counselling and programs for students with specific needs such as family and relationship issues, along with a range of health issues including mental health, dental and GP services.  Good Shepherd and other providers have alternative education programs to enable students to complete an alternative Year 10 Record of Achievement.

The school is also offered places for students in the Stewart House Program each year.  Students who would benefit from a two week stay at the beach, where they have access to a full health assessment and a daily program of social and physical activity, are invited to participate.

The following youth support services, may be helpful to young people:

List of free Health and Wellbeing APPS available to download