Personal Development Program
The Mount Alvernia personal development program comprises lessons and activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and contribute to overall wellbeing. The program is presented each week in specifically timetabled lessons that vary for each year level.
At each year level, the girls experience programs that nurture their social, ethical, physical, intellectual and emotional development. Importantly, all teachers are directly involved with delivering aspects of the program. They are often assisted by senior students who not only teach aspects of the program, but mentor and guide students in younger year levels.
The personal development program is structured so that there is a specific theme for each year level. It aims to deal with topical issues related to age and stage of development.
Year 7: Connecting to Story
Enables the newest community members to understand the college’s ethos and origins
Year 8: Understanding My Identity
Guides students to recognise what influences who they are and their unique characteristics
Year 9: Self in Relationship with Others
Assists students to understand their social being and how to create positive relationships with others
Year 10: Beyond Self
Students begin to see themselves as part of a community to which they can make a valuable contribution
Year 11: Finding the Balance
As students grow in independence they need reminders to keep a healthy balance between their social, physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional needs
Year 12: Leading into the Future
Transitioning beyond school can be a daunting process so students are supported in identifying the experiences they may face.