Wellness

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 with 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

Connection

Be
Active

Take
Notice

Keep
Learning

To
Give

These help the learners to find balance, build resilience and boost mental health.

Choice Theory

1. The 5 basic needs

Love & Belonging

Power

Fun

Survival

Freedom

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. 

2. The window of safety

All behaviours lead to consequences, instead of punishment.

3. We choose our own behaviour

The 4 wheels represent a person’s total behaviour.  For our car to move, the 4 wheels must move together.  The back wheels represent things that come as a result of our front wheels.

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.

GROWTH
MINDSET

• I can try a different strategy
• Is this realy my best work?
• This may take some time and effort

FIXED
MINDSET

• I can’t do this
• This work is good enough
• This is too hard

Uitreik / Outreach

We are always on the look-out for opportunities to become active in the community.

Die Laerskoolleiers pak jaarliks die volgende projekte aan:

  • Ongebruikte handboekreekse word aan minder-bevoorregde skole geskenk.
  • Sandwiches are made and dropped off at less fortunate schools.
  • Ongebruikte skryfbehoeftes word ingesamel en aan ‘n skool geskenk waar daar ‘n behoefte bestaan.
  • We make Christmas hampers for Rusoord Retirement Home and deliver flowers on 1 September.
  • Ongebruikte leesboeke word ingesamel en aan skole waar daar die behoefte bestaan, geskenk.
  • Murray kinderhuis ontvang ook jaarlike kerspakkies.
  • We collect clothes and distribute this to disadvantaged people in the community.

Graadfokus

Elke graad besluit aan die begin van die jaar op vaardighede waarop hulle wil fokus gedurende die jaar.  Hierdie vaardighede word dan in lesse ingebou.  Sodoende verseker ons dat elke kind die geleentheid kry om spesifieke vaardighede, gemik op hul ouderdom, te ontwikkel. 

GRADE 1 - 3

Kindness: To be a friend

GRADE 4 - 5

Accept our differences

GRADE 6 - 7

Identity: To know myself

Leerder Terugvoering

“This year has been difficult, but still an enjoyable experience. During Wellness lessons at school, I’ve learned that I should never take life for granted.” 

– Hluma Mangena grade 6

“Girls High voel vir my soos my familie.  Almal gee my baie liefde!”

– Mieke Kotze graad 2

“I love coming to school.  I learn something about myself every day.  I feel loved.  I am happy at this school.” 

– Olivia  Elan-Puttick – grade 2