At Farrer we promote a positive school culture that fosters student connection and inclusiveness in the day school, the boarding school and the wider community. The school community identifies itself as the ‘Farrer Family’ where each member has a reciprocal obligation to care for the well-being of its members and to maintain a quality home and school for our students.
The purpose of the school’s Student Welfare Good Discipline and Effective Learning Policy is to create an environment in which effective teaching and learning can take place and a climate in which all students can experience a sense of identity, security, purpose, achievement and support.
The policy fosters engagement in learning, sets clear limits, recognises appropriate behaviour and applies consequences for inappropriate behaviour. The policy reflects our school’s values of respect, excellence and fairness.
The Wellbeing Faculty has a Head Teacher Wellbeing junior years 7-9 and a Head Teacher Wellbeing senior school years 11-12. There are six year coordinators who are responsible for supporting the social, emotional and specific needs of the individual students and the year groups.
The Wellbeing Faculty is supported by the school matron, school counsellors, deputy principal day, deputy principal boarding and the principal. The school Wellbeing Committee is made up of these teachers as well as a number of interested and committed staff. This committee meets regularly and is coordinated by the Head Teachers Wellbeing.
Throughout the year the faculty conducts a range of programs to support student growth and development. These include:
- Bully surveys
- Stop I don’t like it I will report
- Cyber-bullying presentation
- Colour Level System
- Community Service Events
- ROB Roll
- Farrer Friends
- Year meetings
- RUOK (mental health)
- Meetings of shared concern
- Year 7 orientation camp
- Year 11 leadership camp
- Boarder/day lunches
- Anti-discrimination workshops
- Year 12 Rejuvenation Camp
- Rock and Water Sessions
- ROB Recyclers
- Mental Fitness Program (2019)
- Wellbeing Week
- Guest speakers
- Motivational presentations
- Transition days for Year 6 students – day school and boarding