SHE Matters, SHE Belongs

The most important thing in leading from the front in education is to have the wellbeing of your students at heart. This wellbeing priority informs every decision we make at Mentone Girls’ Grammar as we believe education for life not only develops academic skills and attributes, but emotional and physical ones as well. Learning and wellbeing go hand in hand, and students with a strong sense of wellbeing are engaged, productive, focussed and happy learners.

Our WAVES priorities also challenge us to be enterprising. When teachers rise boldly to take up this challenge, ideas flourish, exciting connections are made, staff and students collaborate, and remarkable things happen for girls. This Journal is one of them. It is a real-life example of enterprise in action, of staff and students working together and of great passion for learning and for life. I hope it is a source of encouragement for you and that you enjoy using it.

Principal, Fran Reddan

Wellbeing and Education

We believe that wellbeing is the cornerstone of girls’ education and enterprise is the future of our girls’ education. These beliefs became our greatest motivators as we explored ways to infuse wellbeing into the core of what we do every day.

We searched the world for tools and resources that might embed wellbeing behaviours into the fabric of every girl’s day at Mentone Girls’ Grammar. Some resources focused on just one element of wellbeing while others were only for a small age-group.

What we were looking for didn’t exist. Yet.

So, with our students, and our own daughters in mind, we created a series of engaging, girl-focussed, age and stage appropriate wellbeing resources that would enhance the girls’ resilience and further enrich the support we offer to students, along with the ways we address wellbeing through our WAVES priorities here at Mentone Girls’ Grammar.

Our SHE Journals have been created with great passion and love to develop a culture where wellbeing is not only a subject for our girls but is instead a way of life. We want each girl to know that SHE Matters. SHE belongs.