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Penrhos Full Circle: A 2020 Initiative from Penrhos College Psychologists


20 April 2020

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Every child is different and every family is unique. However when it comes to the wellbeing of our girls, there are some universal protective factors that we want to nurture – from nappies to Graduation and beyond.

For nearly 10 years I have been working with our young teens and listening to their stories about how they cope in tough times. Tough times that are perhaps inevitable when growing up in a complex and connected global village. If your daughter is in Secondary School, this will sound familiar to you. If your daughter is in the younger years – this is what all your hard work is preparing her for!

I can literally ‘hear’ the wellbeing capacities the girls have developed. Capacities that leave me feeling confident they have the foundations to work through challenges – with a little help from their friends, family and school community.

Sometimes I hear the ease with which they are able to give words to their thoughts and feelings – the good, the bad and the ugly. I can imagine the conversations with parents, teachers and significant others who have been able to ‘tune in’ to emotions and respond in helpful ways. All giving foundation to this most universal building block for future resilience.

Sometimes underneath frustration, anger, anxiety, distress – I get a sense that a girl knows things might be hard, but she will be OK. A sense of security – a nugget of wellbeing gold that I know has been nurtured over time and possibly even strengthened through hard but helpful experiences before today.

I am always heartened to hear a sense of belonging, friendship, community and experiences of kindness. Sometimes I hear the common language and strategies explored in our pastoral curriculum, which always makes me smile!

We all hope for our girls to have these universal capacities.

So how exactly do schools nurture them from nappies to Graduation and beyond?


A 2020 Wellbeing Initiative

It occurs to us that in recent times schools have focused on nurturing these capacities through programs for the girls themselves. This makes total sense as the girls are the centre of all we do. The Connect framework in the Junior School and the thrive Framework in the Senior School will continually evolve to meet the growing needs of our students in a complex world.

But now we want to do more!

We want to connect our parents, carers and staff to wellbeing best practice, to our student pastoral programs, and to each other. So we are offering a service exclusive to the adults.

Penrhos Full Circle psychologists will work with groups of adults – large and small, face to face and via technology. Our aim is to support the adults in our girls’ lives to consolidate wellbeing universals, develop resilience, stay connected and on the front foot. We are confident that the benefits will come back full circle to the girls.

This project is in its infancy and we are keen to get started! Stay tuned as we venture online and seek your feedback as to the Full Circle initiatives you think will work for you and your family – from nappies to Graduation and beyond.

Please be encouraged to contact me with any thoughts, questions and ideas via hartt@penrhos.wa.edu.au.

I look forward to working with you.

Tracy Hart, Psychologist

Penrhos Full Circle


“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf”

Jon Kabat –Zinn