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We have partnered with Professor Lea Waters AM, PhD and become a Visible Wellbeing School.  Visible Wellbeing™ (VWB) combines the science of wellbeing with the science of learning to achieve the three key goals of:

 - helping students and staff to more clearly see their own and other’s wellbeing using VWB practices;

 - helping students and staff more systematically build wellbeing using the SEARCH framework;

 - facilitating learning through the visible wellbeing classroom process. 

Using this model shifts wellbeing from being subjective to something that is visible for the teacher and the student.


SEARCH Framework


Our programs encompass a wellbeing framework which is based on science from positive psychology and positive education. The framework has 6 pathways which are Strengths, Emotional Management, Attention and Awareness, Relationships, Coping, Habits and Goals (SEARCH). This model supports individualisation and helps our students to reach their full potential.

A formative survey is completed by all students to assess their strengths and areas where we can best support them. The pathways below give an indication of what our students may cover:

Strengths:  We all have strengths, they are positive qualities that we do well, do often, and do with energy.  Knowing our strengths help manage and overcome challenges, improve our relationships, and enhance our wellbeing.

Emotional Management: Managing emotions, feelings and moods is not always easy, having skills and finding positive ways to deal with sometimes stressful situations is important for students. 

Attention & Awareness: Teaching students to incorporate strategies that help with the ability to focus on themselves and their environment can boost wellbeing in many ways.

Relationships: Building on social skills so students can express and manage themselves in different social environments helps develop positive relationships.  Connection, rapport, and belonging are all essential skills that aid learning.

Coping: Change, stressors and demands can be stressful as they require us to adjust and adapt, being able to cope is a life skill.  Teaching resilience, and how to have the emotional resources to deal with situations educates students how they can cope and promotes future success.

Habits & Goals: Breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones, supports students to achieve their goals.  Goals give us something to work toward small or large, this enhances our sense of purpose and our overall wellbeing. ©Lea Waters.



The Quality Teaching Model

Quality Teaching rounds (QTR) empowers teachers to enrich student learning through collaborative, teacher-driven analysis, and refinement of practice.

The QT Model clearly articulates teaching that makes a difference for students. It comprehensively attends to matters of curriculum, student engagement, equity within classroom and assessment practice. The Model centres on three specific dimensions of good teaching practice, each with six elements. The Model is used as a powerful framework for enabling rich discussion and analysis of classroom practice.