Faith and Wellbeing
Balcombe Grammar is a school based on Christian values of compassion, confidence, curiosity, inclusion and optimism.
All students from Foundation to Year 12 have a range of faith and wellbeing sessions throughout the year that may include faith and wellbeing classes, circle time sessions, golden time, buddies, incursions and excursions. During these sessions students learn about our core School values, age appropriate wellbeing strategies and tools, social and emotional skills, developing a sense of belonging and maintaining positive relationships. Throughout their time at Balcombe students undertake projects linked to social justice, service, community partnerships and the diversity of religions in Australia.
At Balcombe Grammar School inclusion is a core value and therefore it is important for our students to value and embrace the diversity of Australian society including raising awareness in areas linked to faith, identity, disability, multi-culturalism and our indigenous history, culture and contribution.
As per our vision, all students are challenged to become enterprising and active global citizens who exemplify our values.
Faith & Wellbeing Subject
Throughout their schooling all students explicitly explore important age / developmentally appropriate topics which are designed to enhance our student’s wellbeing.
In addition to the vital triangular partnership that exists between a student, their teachers, and their parents the school provides a variety of additional support staff including School Counsellors, Tutors (Secondary), the School Chaplain, Head of Year Team and Deputy Heads of Primary and Secondary. Our wellbeing support team are closely supported by the school’s Head of Faith & Wellbeing.
Circle time is a time to encourage positive group interactions with all the students. It can be used as a transition from one daily activity to the next and has a clear structure. Circle time is a popular activity that’s used throughout the school to assist our students to develop positive relationships between one another. It aims to provide our students with the tools to engage with and listen to each other. Further benefits of Circle Time include:
- Improved impulse control
- Sense of classroom community
- Learning to listen and confidence speaking
- Understanding how their behaviour can affect others
- Better problem-solving skills
- Building better relationships between student and teacher.
Golden time is a very popular positive behaviour management strategy utilised within the Primary School. Golden Time most typically takes place each Friday afternoon and the activity is often decided upon by the class. Common activities include MasterChef, wheels, free play and technology time.
The Buddy Program is a valuable program that has been in operation from the early days of the school’s creation where the value of vertical interactions between students was clearly identified. It is one of the many ways Balcombe helps Foundation and Year 7 students settle into school, as well as promoting and developing leadership skills in our senior students. Buddies meet regularly throughout the year to complete fun activities together. These activities include literacy activities, maths games, craft, general play and service learning.
Balcombe Grammar offers a variety of formal and informal leadership opportunities throughout the schooling journey. All student leaders are important representatives of the school, and it is expected that student leaders will, at all times, uphold the Balcombe school values. Leadership opportunities at Balcombe include:
- Primary Assembly and Event leaders
- SRC (Student Representative Council)
- School committee members such as the GREEN Team and Wellbeing Committee
- Year 12 Captains
Led by our School Chaplain and Year 12 Captains / Primary Leaders our school services provide an opportunity for our staff, student and wider communities to come together, to think about others and to enhance our sense of community. Our services are based on themes such as Founders, Easter, Refugees, Reconciliation, ANZAC Day and Christmas.