At the end of 2018 the school conducted a whole community (students, staff and parents) Wellbeing Survey and the response was overwhelmingly positive and based on this data we discovered that a large majority of the community are satisfied with what we offer our members: the community experiences a sense of belonging, care and respect and joy; the children love learning and the staff love their jobs.
As such we are introducing a Chrysalis Wellbeing Program for the whole community - students, staff and parents. The aim of the Program is to support wellbeing in each individual, to reach his or her potential within our community at all levels - students, staff, parents, social, emotional, physical and intellectual.
Wellbeing as defined by the World Health Organisation is not an absence of disease or illness but instead a state in which every individual realises his or her own potential. This is exactly what Chrysalis Montessori School aims for - realisation of each child’s potential - physical, social, emotional and intellectual. We do that in many ways at Chrysalis - through our Montessori philosophy, the WA curriculum, individualised and supportive learning, our fabulous natural playground, Carly challenges, involvement in Optiminds, our rituals and celebrations such as student run School Meetings, Craft Fair, Winter Solstice, stilt walking, the school end of year concert, School Camps and the Year 6 Challenge and Vision Quest.
The program weaves together our Chrysalis values, what we are currently doing under the Montessori philosophy, WA curriculum, Child Protection Curriculum and our own social and emotional learning programs with staff wellbeing and new social emotional tools.
Under-pining and linking it all is Positive Psychology - the idea that we can flourish by focusing more on what is going well (e.g. our strengths, our passions, our relationships) and use these positive experiences to support us in our learning and in overcoming obstacles. The Program will consist of scientific, evidence-based interventions that will be measured qualitatively or quantitatively to enable us to assess their effectiveness.