Student Wellbeing

in the Senior School

Student wellbeing is one of the most important factors for successful learning.


Wellbeing at Loreto Kirribilli is a shared commitment between students, staff and families founded on our Loreto Values and our Ignatian spirituality. It promotes the holistic growth and flourishing of every individual by creating a nurturing and supportive community, encompassing the whole person, where individuals feel supported, valued and connected.

Wellbeing is fostered through a collaborative and inclusive environment, cultivating positive self-concept, confidence and resilience, positive relationships and health care practices. Each individual is empowered to navigate the challenges and opportunities in academic, personal, spiritual and social contexts.

The Heart of Wellbeing

Wellbeing is at the heart of teaching and learning at Loreto Kirribilli, as can be seen in the Loreto Kirribilli Learning Lens. Along with incorporating the icons of our school crest, we have used the Learning Lens to ground the four wellbeing themes of the Heart of Wellbeing. The themes are designed to enhance our culture of wellbeing across the school.

The Cross symbolises a collaborative and inclusive environment, which reflects our faith; the Heart of Mary symbolises positive relationships; the Anchor of Hope, a symbol of Our Lady and a reminder to look after our bodies and ourselves; and the Sacred Heart, the promise of Christ to be with us for cultivating positive self-concept, confidence and resilience.

We are connecting all these four themes to our teaching and learning, ensuring they are visible and taught explicitly in all our Pastoral programs K-12, PDH programs, staff professional development sessions and ongoing parent education offerings too.

Student Wellbeing Years 7-12

At Loreto Kirribilli we recognise that student wellbeing is one of the most important factors for successful learning.

We foster in students a love for life and a belief and confidence in themselves, in the context of the Christian value of humility.

Our Pastoral Care Program is integrated into the curriculum and tailored to suit the individual needs of each student.

Wellbeing Framework

The student is at the heart of our evolved pastoral care model. In the Senior School, each student has three significant teachers who work with them in relation to their academic, social and emotional wellbeing and growth.

The Circle Teacher runs the morning Circle program; the Year Wellbeing Coordinator addresses and supports students’ social and emotional needs; and the House Academic Care Coordinator champions the student’s academic growth.

These three teachers journey with students throughout their Senior School years, ensuring continuity of care.

Each student is also assigned a coach, for goal-setting and coaching in the Loreto Kirribilli W.A.R.D. model.

Year Wellbeing Coordinator

The Year Wellbeing Coordinator is responsible for the wellbeing of a specific year level. They remain with the students throughout their senior years, which enables a strong bond of familiarity and trust to develop.

House Academic Care Coordinator

The House Academic Care Coordinator is integral in tracking a student’s academic wellbeing. The Academic Care Coordinator works with a specific House and travels with those same students through the six years of their Senior School education, thus providing continuity of care for each student.

Circle Class Teacher

Two Circle Teachers are allocated to each Circle Class. Circle Teachers are involved in the programming and teaching of the Circle program.

Circle Classes

Modelled on Mary Ward and her ‘circle of friends’, Circle Classes are led by Circle Teachers and are made up of students from Years 7 to 12. Circle Classes are designed to build friendships and relationships across year groups, so that younger students can connect with girls in older years, and senior students can inspire and guide their younger Circle Class friends.

Loreto Kirribilli W.A.R.D. Coaching Model

In addtion, each student also has the opportunity to be coached through the Loreto Kirribilli W.A.R.D. model, addressing student needs in four ways:

  • Wellbeing - spiritual, physical, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Academic - working to a student's personal best
  • Resilience - developing mental toughness
  • Direction - setting learning and personal goals

Research has shown that the practice of coaching is one of the most effective ways to bring out the best in students. It helps to develop their talents and strengths, to build skills and confidence, and to nurture learning. Each student is assigned a coach who facilitates these coaching conversations.

With our multi-faceted pastoral care model, we create a culture of gratitude in which each student comes to understand her individual gifts and talents - using them with purpose to enhance both her own personal wellbeing as well as that of the community at large.

Romalina Rocca, Deputy Principal

Pastoral Program

The Year Wellbeing Coordinator is responsible for year-based activities and the implementation of the Pastoral Program. Each week during their Wellbeing Lessons, Year groups cover a carefully planned program of topics and activities tailored to meet their developmental stage, and build skills in self-awareness, resilience and positive relationships.

For example, our Big Sister/Little Sister model is designed to help develop a sense of belonging from the moment Year 7 'little sisters' enter Senior School. For Year 10 'big sisters', it is an opportunity to act as mentors and further develop their leadership skills.

The Year 7 Pastoral Days and School Camp explore practical skills in teamwork and empathy.

Loreto Kirribilli Pastoral Program Years 7 - 12:

  • Year 7 - Belonging and Connection
    The Year 7 program aims to provide a smooth transition into the Senior School.
  • Year 8 - Positive Relationships
    Students discover more about self and how their behaviours may impact others.
  • Year 9 - Discover Strengths
    Students discover their signature strengths and how best to utilise them.
  • Year 10 - Explore Service and Leadership
    The program delves into the exploration of service, leadership, teamwork and commitment.
  • Year 11 - Dreams, Future, Hope
    As students approach their final years of study, it is important to plan for the future.
  • Year 12 - Balance and Perspective
    It is important students keep their studies in perspective and ensure balance for optimum wellbeing.

Year 7 Camp

We were split into groups with randomly selected girls from our grade... we got to know each other through working as a team to complete a series of challenges. We all had heaps of fun and got to know some girls we would otherwise never have met.

Emily and Xanthe, Year 7

Further Support

Classroom Teachers

In addition, each classroom teacher supports and promotes the School’s pastoral care.

Teachers assist in the continuing development of a culture that is in harmony with Catholic tradition, the charism of Mary Ward and the heritage of Loreto. They encourage and support the growth, appreciation and acceptance of the values and beliefs of the Catholic Church.

Teachers support and use the pedagogy, language and practices which underpin the framework and ensure that they develop and promote positive relationships within the classroom.

School Psychologists

The School Psychologists are involved in working with the social and emotional development of our students. They also assist in developing individual education programs for various students. The Psychologists work closely with the Director of Student Wellbeing and the Head of Junior School on a wide variety of matters.

Director of Student Wellbeing

The Director of Student Wellbeing liaises with Year Wellbeing Coordinators and other staff members to monitor the wellbeing of individual students in the Senior School.

The School Executive

The School Executive ensures that student wellbeing is at the heart of all decisions and that the pedagogy, language and practices at Loreto Kirribilli always promote positive relationships.