Student Wellbeing Philosophy
Student wellbeing at Mercy College embraces the principles and values of the Catholic ethos and is infused with the Mercy charism. Respect for the rights of all members of the community, celebration of diversity and emphasis on the responsibilities of all individuals to be active citizens is central to our approach to wellbeing. A particular focus is building and sustaining relationships that nurture the individual and challenges them to fulfil their potential in the spiritual, academic, social and personal domains.
The Wellbeing Team at Mercy College
At Mercy we encourage and enable our students to reach out when they require support. Our Wellbeing Team, led by the Director of StudentEngagement and Wellbeing, ensures students have regular access to a team of provisional psychologists. This support can be accessed at the College, and students are to reach out to their Learning and Wellbeing YearLevel Leader to support them to engage with this service. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to be part of this relationship.
In order to best support students, they also complete a range of engagement and wellbeing surveys. These surveys reveal how students are feeling and are administered at different times throughout the year. Students are asked questions about their own wellbeing and about their experiences at the school.The survey data helps to identify students that at risk and allow for early interventions. The value of this data is also in the capacity to zoom in to reveal a student’s wellbeing over a period of time. This data assists in understanding how Mercy students cope based on what is happening in the College or in their lives away from the College. The information obtained is used to assess the impact of current events and evaluate recent initiatives and in turn inform planning for student engagement and wellbeing in the future.
Being Safe Online
At Mercy College we promote the ideals of responsible digital citizenship. This incorporates exploring how to present a positive digital footprint as well as how to protect your self online. The internet has a wealth of resources for students and parents to access information and ideas to support these ideals.