We believe nurturing the body, stimulating the mind and focusing on what is happening in the present moment is crucial to the development and education of young women. By accepting responsibility for their health and wellbeing, girls work towards building confidence, self-esteem and pride in everything they do.
Our on-site Health Centre prides itself on being a holistic health hub where girls and staff can make appointments to see the School Nurse, Doctor, Counsellor and Physiotherapist. Our care is evidence-based and we offer a range of services including the immunisation and influenza vaccination programmes. We also offer safe, natural products where appropriate.
Our team supports the Health curriculum through presentations and self-management workshops, including strategies to manage stress, breathing dynamics and sexual health.
With the encouragement and support of the entire Woodford House community, our girls are safe, valued and fulfilled during their time at school.
Our approach to pastoral care ensures every student has a mentor who stays with them throughout their time at Woodford House. The Homeroom Mentor programme brings small groups of students from across the Year Levels together with their Mentor three times a week. Through this programme, our girls are nurtured and encouraged to succeed in their individual learning pathways.
This approach extends beyond the classroom and into our Boarding Houses where House Supervisors are kind, understanding and respectful of the girls in their care. We understand how important it is for young women to have role models in their life so we carefully select staff who are passionate about creating a genuine and loving home away from home. Our boarding staff are highly-trained and have years’ experience working with adolescent girls.
We value the role health and fitness plays in keeping our students happy and feeling positive. An internal analysis shows 98 per cent of our girls are active and participating in 2.8 sessions of activity each week. These sessions include any sports and wellbeing activities that are 45 minutes or more.
Our teachers and coaches keep up-to-date with the latest advances in sport education, and many of them service the wider sporting community as Players, Officials, Umpires, Managers and Coaches to regional and national sports teams.
The Woodford House Wellness Programme aims to deliver a range of physical activity options to students outside of team sports including Groove, Yoga, Strength and Conditioning, Crossfit, Diving, Activate and Tennis Lessons.
Catering at Woodford House is provided by our partners, Orton’s, who serve approximately 600 healthy and nutritious meals a day for all boarding and day girls. The catering team is passionate and committed to creating healthy food while maintaining excellent standards of quality and presentation. There is a strong focus on promoting and providing education about healthy eating for young people.
Physical and emotional wellbeing is a priority at Woodford House as this provides a foundation for the girls to make the most of their learning as well as social and cultural opportunities.
Dr Lee Knight (PhD, DipClPs)
Registered Clinical Psychologist