Junior School Student Wellbeing

a group of students running across the grass area within the MVAC grounds

MVAC values the importance of every student’s mental and emotional wellbeing.

For us to provide a safe and inclusive educational environment we will continue to support to our students for them to thrive.

We believe in empowering our students and families to be the best they can be, and support everyone within to flourish because of what we do, inspired by the way of Jesus.

School is about more than just literacy and numeracy. The emotional and social aspects of gathering together to learn play a vital role in a child’s development. Compassion and care run deep through the Christian faith, and as an Anglican school we aim to support students in their personal and spiritual development.

At Manning Valley Anglican College, we are blessed with a caring and compassionate staff who work closely together to support the happiness and wellbeing of all students. Children have access to counselling services through the College to work with students and families on a more personal level. Mr Greg Anderson provides pastoral care to our students and their families, working closely with the teaching staff to nurture the wellbeing of our students.

Our Learning Support Team monitors student achievement and will implement intervention programs when necessary. Our support staff work with small groups of students and also provide support in the classroom.

Communicating with your child’s teacher is essential when issues arise academically, socially or personally. Providing teachers with this information allows them to cater for your child’s needs or seek further support to improve their wellbeing.

The MVAC Fair Rules

  • I can follow teacher instructions
  • I can listen carefully
  • I can put up my hand and wait
  • I can complete my work quietly
  • I can control my actions and words

In Junior School we follow the MVAC Fair Rules to promote positive behaviour in both the classroom and playground. Staff educate students on these rules and we have high expectations that all students follow them.

A whole- School, Teacher- Lead, Student – Centered Approach

Bounce Back Program

One of our most notable wellness programs is the Bounce Back Program. This encourages positive education and resilience throughout the Junior School. The Bounce Back program encourages our students to adopt a problem-solving approach to their learning, and to life generally, whilst supporting their development in resilience and collaborative skills.

By empowering students to understand wellbeing by explicitly teaching the values of positivity, gratitude, resilience, kindness, respect, persistence, cultural understanding, goal setting, problem solving and teamwork, they will have the opportunity to develop confidence, positive relationships and character. Embracing these attributes will contribute towards lifelong healthy physical and mental wellbeing.

The gradual introduction of the Learning Power Approach (LPA) to teaching and learning into the Junior School will both reinforce and enhance the Bounce Back program by providing a solid framework on which to further expand student skills, mindsets, and capabilities.

Transition to High School

The change from Junior to Secondary School can be daunting. As a Kindergarten to Year 12 school, we aim to make this transition as smooth as possible, including student joining us from other schools in Year 7.

Year 7 Taster days are held during Term 3 to provide an introduction to Secondary School life. This transition program introduces students to classrooms and subjects they have likely never experienced before.

They are given the opportunity to meet new teachers and spend a day moving from lesson to lesson.

Most importantly, the transition program gives students and opportunity to meet and greet with students from other schools within the Mid Coast.

For more information about our other wellbeing programs please view our Student wellbeing programs page.