Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:
school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
supporting individual students who need help with health issues
providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.
Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.
The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.
The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.
The Riverside community is committed to ensuring that a culture of wellbeing underpins each student's educational program, building young women who confidently support one another, gaining skills that endure for a lifetime.
Riverside is a collaborative community. Students are encouraged to feel ownership of their education and everything they do strengthens this connectedness.
The staff team that supports student wellbeing consists of:
Both Deputy Principals
Head Teacher Student Wellbeing
Learning and Support Teacher (LaST)
Year Advisers 7 - 12
International Student Co-ordinator
They are committed to providing personalised support to ensure all students feel a connection with the school.
The Riverside Girls High School community is committed to providing effective individual and whole school student wellbeing support strategies so that each student can develop her personal and intellectual potential.
Features of this supportive school culture include:
Relationships between staff and students that acknowledge uniqueness, model acceptance and show respect
A year adviser for each cohort who encourages initiative and nurtures independence
Various mentoring program to guide students to attain their educational goals and to balance school, work, family and social activities
Access to a school counsellor
Opportunities to celebrate diversity
Whole school programs that encourage self reflection and the development of resilience.
Whole school programs include:
A structured merit award system
The Stages student behaviour management system
Peer Support Training for Year 10 who guide Year 7 into high school
Monitoring of student attendance
Year 7, 9 and 12 wellbeing camps where students made new friends and set goals.
A Year 9 (reward) ski camp every August to the snow fields
A "Back off" self defence course for Year 10 to encourage the skill of keeping safe
Year 11 "Start Strong" interviews, with families and senior executive discussing together goal setting for the HSC year
Wellbeing days that celebrate diversity and cultural identity.
Year 12 Teacher
Together with building leadership skills appropriate to their age, students are given opportunities and guidance, taking on leadership roles as class monitors, sport's team captains, leaders of co-curricular groups, Sports House captains and members of the Student Representative Council. At Riverside, students learn that an individual really can make a positive difference.