Community Wellness and Support
CCommunity Wellness and Support at Winsor encompasses the areas of health and wellness, counseling, peer resources, and academic support. Through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, Winsor fosters a nurturing school community where students gain the skills to balance academic achievement with social, emotional and physical well-being.
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The school counselor provides clinical assessments for families, individual and group counseling for students, consultation with families and off-site clinicians, and support for parents and staff. Throughout the school year, the counselor hosts several events for parents and families to explore topics pertaining to child and adolescent development.
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Winsor's Health and Wellness curriculum is inquiry-based and provides students with ongoing opportunities to safely explore topics pertaining to their development, identity, and context. The school's Counselor and Health and Wellness Coordinator, Suzanne Baumann, collaborates with faculty to create a robust and dynamic curriculum that addresses the current social, emotional, and developmental needs of adolescents. A selection of overarching questions and course themes is outlined below:
- What is a "safe," trusting community? How do I create one with my peers?
- What changes can I expect to experience during puberty and adolescence?
- How can I stay safe in a digital world?
- How can I make healthy choices with food, exercise, and sleep?
- How will I communicate my needs in friendships and romantic relationships?
- How can I achieve a balance between hard work and relaxed enjoyment?
- How can I be an intentional, ethical consumer?
- What skills do I need to develop in order to thrive in the world after Winsor?
Academic Support at Winsor is a collaborative effort between the coordinator of academic support, teachers, advisors, and deans to help students develop the strategies they need to become independent learners. The coordinator works closely with classroom teachers to monitor students' progress, modify study strategies, set goals, and to make additional recommendations when appropriate. Winsor students meet often with their teachers outside of class for extra help. In addition, Peer Tutors are available to work with Class V and VI students in a variety of subjects. For students who require regular support outside the classroom, the student, family, and appropriate faculty work together to identify challenges and create an effective support plan.
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The primary goal of Winsor’s physical education program is to enhance the physical, motor, mental and social development of all students. Classes are designed to meet students’ varying levels of skill and ability through fun, fitness-related activities and team sports. The emphasis is on maximum participation and practice of good sportsmanship skills. With these priorities in mind, courses teach girls the essential principles of physical fitness and increase their appreciation for the benefits of physical activity—including health, challenge, enjoyment, self-expression, and social interaction.
The Director of Health Services and school nurse, Anne Renneburg, believes that girls need to be feeling well in body, mind, and spirit in order to be reaching their academic potential. Each encounter with a girl represents an opportunity to provide her with the tools to identify and self-manage her health needs, ultimately enabling her to self-advocate, adapt, and make responsible decisions to maintain or improve her health and wellness over the course of her lifetime.
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In addition to supporting students, the school’s Community Wellness and Support team organizes and facilitates parent forums that address varying issues of adolescence. Regularly scheduled parent discussion groups address different stages of girls’ psycho-social development and offer parents strategies that will help them to support their daughter.