James Ruse Agricultural High School

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Student Wellbeing at Ruse


Student wellbeing

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 allow them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

Wellbeing at James Ruse Agricultural High School

The James Ruse Agricultural High School Wellbeing Program is based on the premise of ‘Positive Psychology’ and the James Ruse Agricultural ASPIRE values. In addressing wellbeing concerns, conflict resolution and discipline issues, staff focus on the strength of the individual student and the solutions to the issue.

The principles of ‘Positive Psychology’ – Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment (PERMA) form the foundation of our school curriculum, proactive wellbeing program and co-curricular programs to ensure all students learn and flourish in a happy, safe and supportive learning environment. Our wellbeing policies and procedures have been updated and reinvigorated to incorporate new Antibullying and Digital Citizenship Policies. These deal with current issues such asCyberbullying and SMS bullying. James Ruse Agricultural High School has in place a comprehensive and inclusive wellbeing curriculum to support the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development of students, which measurable improves individual and collective wellbeing.

The Wellbeing team lead a proactive curriculum, ensuring that all activities reflect the school plan. The Whole School Wellbeing Camp Program at James Ruse Agricultural High School addresses a variety of specific wellbeing needs, which are age appropriate and tailored for our GAT students. These camps encourage students to be self-aware, build positive relationships and actively contribute to the school, the community and the society in which they live.

How to thrive at school

Our school strongly supports the successful academic and social transition of all students from Years 7-12. James Ruse Agricultural High School’s vision is to ensure the development of the whole child, combining academic success with the development of resilience, resourcefulness, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability as well as ethical and intercultural understanding. Through the school’s development of the Wellbeing and Cross Curricular programs throughout years 7-12, students are provided with the opportunity to engage with concepts and real world problems that draws on skills from multiple subject areas to develop interpersonal and 21st century learning skills. Our commitment within the school is to strengthen and deliver on school learning priorities identified in the School Plan which strives to meet the needs of highly gifted learners and to enhance creative, holistic learning and wellbeing strategies.

Student leadership

Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.

Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.

For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools, visit Student voice and leadership.

In year 7, 8 and 9 our students participate in our High Resolves Student Leadership program.