Royal North Shore Hospital School

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Visible Wellbeing School

RNSH School is a Visible Wellbeing School.  Our staff have been trained to implement the Visible Wellbeing approach to Positive Education in partnership with Professor Lea Waters AM, PhD. 

We also have had five staff complete a Diploma in Positive Psychology.  We take a strengths-based approach to teaching which is evidence based and aligned with the SEARCH framework (Visible Wellbeing Instructional model which underpins the Visible Wellbeing Approach). Teachers engage in reflective practice as they recognise the needs of each student by using the See/Hear/Feel framework. This innovative pedagogy connects students to their strengths through curriculum and informal practices around our teaching. Using this framework ensures students feel seen and heard by all our staff as we address individual student needs. The process builds rapport and creates relationships based on mutual respect in a short period of time. Forming a positive relationship with our students is our most important pedagogical practice.

We believe our purpose is to engage students in meaningful learning through future focused programs that address the academic and social and emotional needs of the student. This builds student connection and facilitates positive transitions.  Students are encouraged to have an active voice in the development of personalised learning programs. 

Our school has developed a new evidenced based innovative teaching program- HOPE (Hospital Outreach in Education) that supports students to build positive mental health.  

School staff are proactive members of multidisciplinary teams, working collaboratively with medical staff and allied health services, as well as close liaison with home schools and family members/carers. This collaboration ensures optimum health and educational outcomes for our students. 

Some of the ways we promote Visible Wellbeing in our school

Visible wellbeing in our school

Some examples of Visible Wellbeing practices at RNSH School include lifting energy through brain breaks or calming it through mindfulness exercises, art, a game, sharing gratitude or encouraging positive thoughts.

Teachers address concerns around tasks and current schoolwork or social interactions. They may discuss positive reframing, goal setting, growth mindset and perseverance.

Journaling and strength work are used as wellbeing tools, as well as the promotion of healthy habits and sleep as being key to wellbeing.


HOPE launch

HOPE (Hospital Outreach Program in Education). HOPE is a free follow-up service for K-12 students attending a Department of Education School.

This unique program is an evidence based social and emotional eLearning program that keeps the student connected to their school during extended health related absences.

The main aims of the program are to:

·       Maintain a strong link between the student and their regular school

·       Identify the wellbeing needs of each student to support their educational pathway

·       Facilitate a positive transition to the student’s educational setting

The program was designed incorporating the latest research from the field of Positive Psychology and helps to build positive mental health with hope for the future. (1:58)


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