Health & Wellness
Health and Wellness courses are designed to provide an opportunity to talk openly and thoughtfully about age appropriate issues for pre-adolescent and adolescent girls.
The objective is to provide accurate information and to practice skills that will help girls be self-reliant and responsible for their choices. Topics focus on building trusting relationships and community, conflict resolution, sexual development, wellness and the body, and chemicals and the mind. Student input is always relevant to course design as they keep us aware of addressing their particular needs and questions. Winsor’s commitment to pay equal attention to the intellectual, social and moral development of students serves as the framework for these classes. Classes will include important facts and information, as well as time to grapple with quandaries of personal decision-making and ethics.
Health and Wellness Classes
Class I students spend their year in Health class focusing on: building a safe, trusting community of peers; exploring healthy nutrition and fitness options; navigating the internet in a safe way; and understanding the basics of human development and puberty.
Class II students continue their exploration of puberty and adolescent development, with a particular emphasis on the development of social-emotional skills and healthy decision-making—both in real life and on-line. The girls participate in group projects, special class discussions in Council, and dialogues with adults in their families and communities.
Class III students prepare for middle school social life in Health Class, exploring healthy communication practices; moral and ethical peer interactions; and ways to prevent and stand up to exclusion and unkindness. Through safe discussions, group projects, and the use of current media and technology, the girls learn to participate in the world in a strong and responsible way.
Class IV Health allows students to delve more deeply into questions about their own development and life course, as well as develop important skills for taking care of themselves and advocating for their peers. Special emphasis is paid to media literacy and social networking; health and hygiene for teens; managing stress; and transitioning to Upper School.
Class V, VI and VII
Student must take a one-semester Health and Wellness course each year in Classes V-VII.
Class V Connections
Ninth grade is a year of transition and increased autonomy. Students develop deep insights into their own values and beliefs and ask critical questions about gender, relationships and human sexuality. This class integrates scientific knowledge of the body and wellness with an exploration of social constructions of gender, sexuality, and identity. Students reflect on their own, their families’, and their culture’s socialemotional values, wants, and needs. Class methods include parent and family surveys, films, class discussions, and written narratives.
Class VI Healthy Decisions
Tenth grade is a year of increased independence and preparation as students move into the next phase of their high school years. This class focuses on the emerging freedom and responsibility students have at this age, and helps them address issues that impact their decision-making. The class also provides a wide range of opportunities to learn about themselves and their values and to apply their knowledge to real life experiences. There is also a substantial unit of study on the media and cultural messaging around gender, sexuality, and consumerism. We use a variety of methodologies for teaching and experiential learning including class discussion, small group work, films, and mini research assignments.
Class VII Women’s Health Issues
The eleventh grade marks a time of increased independence and the beginning of the transition from high school to college. Using films, memoirs and the insights of guest speakers who are experts in the fields of mental health, public health, health advocacy, and adolescent medicine, students explore a range of mental and physical health issues that affect young women. The course culminates in student-designed social marketing projects aimed at educating students about critical health issues that are relevant and meaningful at Winsor and beyond.