February, 2023

Supporting and Delivering Visible Wellbeing

February 09, 2023
Trinity College private school Adelaide Visible Wellbeing training staff

As part of our commitment to improving staff and student wellbeing across the College, our staff recently began the journey of Visible Wellbeing training. The Visible Wellbeing approach aims to provide both students and staff with a psychological toolkit that allows them to lead flourishing lives where they are able to feel and function at their best.

We discussed the current state of mental health and stress for young people and learned about using the illbeing-wellbeing spectrum to self-inquire about our current state of mental health, and explored ways that other schools support their communities to boost their wellbeing.

As a staff, we are learning about the practice of making wellbeing visible to ourselves and those around us – through the “See Hear Feel” practice. “See Hear Feel” is a process of thinking and language use that clues us into the physical, visual and auditory signals that allow us insight into how we or other people may be feeling in the present moment. These insights allow us to make choices and act in ways that are more effective in increasing and maintaining higher levels of wellbeing.

In an effort to continually develop our practices, we have developed our Science of Wellbeing model. Based around the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework and, partnering with Professor Lea Waters, Trinity College has become the first co-educational school in South Australia to implement her Visible Wellbeing approach.

This year, our goal is to deliver parent sessions to bring ways of extending what is being offered at school into the home environment. The first round of parent sessions are planned on these dates;

  • Thursday 23 February - What is Wellbeing at Trinity College?
  • Thursday 2 March - How to build resilience in children
  • Thursday 9 March - How to give effective praise and feedback
  • Tuesday 14 March - Using literature to build character strengths

Venue: Trinity College Pavilion (tea & coffee supplied)
Time: 8:50am-9:45am

There is convenient parking outside the Pavilion building, please enter off Greening Drive, Evanston South.


Community Project Ready to Install

February 09, 2023

The Blakeview School Community Project “Painting the Fence” is in its final stages.

The Jamieson House proposal won funding to produce artwork to be erected near the creek fence at our Blakeview school. This project involved many students from across all the Blakeview Houses in the Middle School at the end of 2022. With the support of Barkindji artist, Caitlyn Davies-Plummer and our Cultural Liaison Leader, Dale Giles, the students completed the mural and are in the final stages of preparing the artwork for display. The community will be able to view the mural in person during Open Day 2023.

During 2022 Blakeview heard proposals from each House. A focus group was formed to discuss the options for the funding. The 2022 Community Project ideas that were approved are;

  1. New bag hooks in the breezeway.
  2. Outdoor cushions and storage.
  3. Student kitchen opened (once a week).
  4. New drink fountains.

This long list of projects is possible due to the generous support from the P&F Committee and Blakeview staff willing to give their time.

We are looking forward to hearing the proposals for the 2023 Community Projects. Planning will begin early in Term 2.

Rebecca Garrett
Head of Teaching and Learning (Year 7-10)
Trinity College Blakeview