The Wellness curriculum presents to students a health curriculum that reflects the school’s broader mission of promoting independence and respect of self, others and the environment. Through this curriculum, we emphasize knowledge and care of the self, and awareness of the welfare of body and mind, individual and community.
Health encompasses self awareness, self care, well-being and caring for others. At the Primary and Extended Day Levels, lessons include the five senses, identifying emotions, and personal safety measures such as learning one’s phone number. Junior Level students learn about disease transmission, nutrition, safety concerns and first aid. The Upper Level and Middle School curriculum focuses on decision making processes, how to deal with stress and anger, communication skills, as well as what we value in ourselves and our friendships. At these levels, discussions of health issues continue, and students also gain knowledge and awareness about specific issues that may affect them as they mature, including alcohol, drugs, smoking, body image and mental health.
Lessons in Wellness are integrated into each level’s general curriculum. For example, Junior Level studies of bacterial cultures in the everyday environment are complemented by a discussion of the nature of skin and strategies for avoiding transmission of germs within the classroom. Middle School students engaged in a collaborative Health/Art project this year, as their consideration of the emotional states of anger, depression and elation took form as sketches and oil paintings. By guiding students to self knowledge and responsibility for integrated intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we offer young people the tools for joyful and purposeful living.