Building resilience, relationships and meaning.

Good Shepherd is committed to providing an environment for its students, staff, and wider school community that enhances wellbeing.

We recognise that children are growing up in a world where mental health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent. Our intentional focus on wellbeing provides students in our care with the tools to develop resilience, build and strengthen relationships, and identify meaning in their lives so that they can be happy and positive contributors to society.

Our wellbeing framework
Good Shepherd has a wellbeing framework that highlights the importance of wellbeing for all members of our school community. The framework incorporates our Christian values, the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and our ‘House’ culture. It is based on Martin Seligman’s ‘PERMA’ model and supports students in:


  • Cultivating positive emotions
  • Engaging in positive experiences
  • Developing healthy friendships
  • Seeking meaning through service and leadership opportunities, and
  • Setting goals to achieve success.

    Wellbeing in action

    The wellbeing framework ensures that the programmes and activities developed in recent years continue to flourish in our school. These programmes include:

    • House initiatives
    • Social skills programmes
    • An active wellbeing committee
    • Goodies
    • Clubs
    • Student leadership training
    • Buddies
    • ‘Just because’ events
    • Parent workshops
    • Enthusiastic class carers
    • Mindfulness practices, and
    • Service learning.

    The positive impact of these initiatives is clearly evident in our school community and we are firmly committed to building on our wellbeing programmes so that our students continue to thrive.