These evidence-based strategies benefit students during school and long after graduation.
“We focus on developing guts and resilience, making it clear to students that it’s not about winning the genetic lottery, but a willingness to apply your strengths and skills to achieve mastery through effort” , explains Johnstone.
The school motto, salways for the better – always to better things – perhaps sums it up.
“It doesn’t mean we don’t experience failure or setbacks,” says Johnstone, “but it does mean that we persist, use challenges as opportunities for growth, and support each other to “leap forward” with a victorious mindset.
“In many ways, our motto is about looking to the future with hope. Above all, we strive to help our students fulfill their potential and thrive; developing young women with character and substance who look beyond themselves to live meaningful lives and make a difference inside and outside our school gates.”
Ravenswood also partners with Knox Grammar School brotherhood to hold annual student-led wellness conferences to more widely share the benefits of Positive Education. The students design and facilitate workshops for student leaders from across NSW to equip students from non-positive education schools to create positive change within their own school communities.
In 2021, the school launched a sunshine wall, of sstudents and staff writing what makes them happy and the ways they planned to bring sunshine into the lives of others. Displayed on colored cards, the wall is a lasting, impressive reminder of the ways each of us can bring true happiness to others every day.
In addition to enjoying an environment in which academic excellence and wellness can thrive, Ravenswood students have more than 100 exciting and diverse co-curricular activities to explore their passions, from Code Club to musicals and equestrian sports to AFL, in award-winning, world-class facilities.
In 2011, Ravenswood became the first girls’ school on the north coast of Sydney to offer cadets, and a large number of girls are developing their leadership skills, discipline and self-reliance in partnership with the Knox Grammar School Cadet Unit.
register now to Ravenswood School for Girls Open Day, Friday, May 27.