AT PAARL GIRLS' HIGH
At Paarl Girls’ High, we strive to create a happy and challenging environment where each individual can reach her full potential.
Learner wellness is one of the key elements to reach this goal. We deliberately create space in the curriculum and in the timetable to focus on the improvement of the learner’s wellness by teaching the learners important skills. We believe that when practising healthy habits daily, to attain better physical and mental health, learners will instead of just surviving, start thriving.
Wellbeing: a state where children can meet their learning potential, cope with normal stresses and are connected to others.
A culture of wellbeing is prioritised across the whole school community. Positive social norms and behaviour are built between our staff and our students. A sense of belonging and inclusivity is woven through everything the school does. It is a whole-school approach. This help students to:
- Flourish in their education journey
- Use positive approaches to manage their behaviour, fostering a range of strategies
- Develop empathy for others and understand relationships
- Grow their social and emotional skills and the confidence to be themselves
- Build resilience – this is the ability to cope and thrive in the face of challenges
Measuring a child’s wellbeing is important because all children deserve to be happy.
THE 5 WELLNESS PILLARS
WE EMBRACE AT PAARL GIRLS’ HIGH
At our High School we focus on the following:
The Choice Theory was developed by Dr. William Glasser. It explains human behaviour based on internal motivation. It suggests that all our behaviour is chosen as we continually attempt to meet one or more of the five basic needs that are part of our genetic structure.
Together we teach the learners in grade periods as well as in the Life Orientation curriculum, that you may not have control over what you feel and your physiology, but you can control how you think and how you act.
Transform to perform
AND DEVELOPING A GROWTH MINDSET
Transform to perform (T2P): This strategy is an integrated approach by the WCED, developing a values-driven mindset of self belief and values within all role players (learners, teachers, parents and officials, including leadership and top management) in the province.
The WCED believes that the shift in self-belief, values and mindsets, should result in improved behaviour and performance by all stakeholders – not to mention improved results!
At Paarl Girls’ High we focus on:
- Enhancing the mantra of the WCED: Enter to learn, leave to serve
- Growth Mindset: Lessons are created by staff members to teach the principles of growth mindset to the learners.
• I can try a different strategy
• Is this realy my best work?
• This may take some time and effort
• I can’t do this
• This work is good enough
• This is too hard
Learner’s wellness program
We encouraged learners to access a number of coping mechanisms that will assist in maintaining their mental health and well-being focussing on the following:
We focus on GRIT – a personality trait possessed by individuals who demonstrate passion and perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by significant obstacles and distractions. Learners have to realise that IQ is not the only factor separating successful people from those who struggled, but that grit is a highly predictive of success.
“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me”
“Grit is that “extra something” that separates the most successful people from the rest”
In this session we introduce Dr Carol Dweck’s theory that states when students believe they can get smarter or improve in specific skills, they understand that effort makes them stronger. There are two main mindsets we can use to navigate life: growth and fixed mindset. Having a growth mindset is essential for success. If you believe that your qualities are unchangeable (fixed mindset), you will want to prove yourself, rather than learning from your mistakes.
The power of YET: “There is a difference between not knowing and not knowing YET”
“Results and achievements tell you where a person is, but they don’t tell you where a person could end up”
In a confusing time, it is important to have the ability to recognise and make sense of our emotions so that we will be able to manage it to prevent stress and anxiety.
Learners are taught that they have to learn to “ride the wave” that represents the ebbs and flows associated with life. Negative emotions must not be replaced, but rather be recognised and dealt with.
“You must be the master of your emotions if you wish to live in peace, for he who can control himself, becomes free”
This session guides the learners to find the things that motivate them and also to identify those factors that steal their motivation. Tools are given to the learners on how to react when you feel discouraged.
“You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined”
COVID MINDSET 2021
According to the feedback from the learners from each specific grade, the teachers and the parents, we decided on specific grade focusses for 2021:
Grade 8: Identity: Truth, not trend
Grade 9: Abundance: Embrace the moment
Grade 10: Adventure: Find your fire
Grade 11: Shine: Become a beacon of light
Grade 12: Passion: Persevere with passion
Reach Out is ‘n liefdadigheidsgroep eie aan Hoër Meisieskool Paarl. Die stigting van hierdie aksie in 2007, deur een van ons leerders, is vandag steeds besig om ‘n verskil in ons medemense se lewens te maak.
Aktiwiteite en uitreik-aksies sluit die volgende in:
- Besoeke aan plaaslike ouetehuise en kinderhuise om emosionele en sosiale sorg te bied.
- Die maak en uitdeel van toebroodjies aan behoeftige laerskole in die plaaslike gemeenskap.
- Collecting shoes, toiletries and stationary items for needy people in our Paarl community.
- Donations and visits to daycare centres in the local community.
- Fondsinsamelings om finansiële bydraes te maak vir nasionale projekte, soos Tekkie-Tax, Loslitdag, Dag-sonder-skoene, Jan Krielskool, Little Fighters en die Kankerstigting.
IHLUMELO SENIOR SECONDAY SCHOOL
In 2015 Ihlumelo Senior Secondary School contacted Paarl Girls’ High for support with their Accounting learners of whom only 47% passed the subject. We started workshops where the learners of Paarl Girls’ High, with the support of the Accounting teachers, worked through exam papers with the learners of Ihlumelo. During that year the pass rate of the Ihlumelo accounting learners rocketed to 92%.
The partnership between the two schools has been continuing ever since. The corporate sector of Paarl has also become involved. Mpact provides all the necessary printing paper and files and SPAR provides snacks for the learners.
AT GIRLS' HIGH
Die Wellness-roete is daar gestel om ons dogters uit te nooi om na hul siel, gees en liggaam om te sien.
Dit is op die skoolterrein waar, in veiligheid, die nodige roete met oefeninge gedoen en geniet kan word. Dit kan individueel of in groepies saam beoefen word. Elkeen kan na haar vermoë en fiksheidsgraad daaraan deelneem. Natuurlik is die uitsig ‘n lewende skildery wat gereeld verander oor die mooie skool, dorp en berge.