Student Wellbeing

Over the last week I have been fortunate enough to meet with many key staff in relation to discussing how Pulteney Grammar puts students at the heart of all that we do.

As part of this we are looking at ways to make our support services clear and easily accessible when our community may need them. We have launched our wellbeingservices@pulteney.sa.edu.au address, which is evidence of this. This email is accessible for all members of our Pulteney community if they are looking for wellbeing support. This of course does not replace the vital communication with Home Group and class teachers, but hopefully provides an easily accessible contact point for those who may not be sure how to access our services. I look forward to sharing our initiatives with you and giving you the opportunity to hear from the members of the Wellbeing Services team.

As we move through the first half of Term 1, I thought it may be timely to look at some strategies to engage in conversations with our children when we speak to them after a day at school. Often our approach can be to ask, ‘How was your day’, however, we may wish to think about the nature of the questions we could ask to generate conversation. Below I have listed some alternative questions for us to consider when speaking to our children about their day at school.

10 questions to replace 'How was your day?'

  1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  2. Did anything happen today that made you laugh?
  3. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  4. What challenged you today?
  5. What was the most interesting thing your teacher said today?
  6. Who did you play with today? What did you play?
  7. What did you eat for lunch today?
  8. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  9. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
  10. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

I hope they may help in keeping our lines of communication open.

Have a great week

Steven McCulloch

Head of Student Wellbeing