Health and Wellness
The Health Education Curriculum examines a wide variety of issues to help students better understand personal health and well-being, the consequences of choices on health and ways to cultivate healthy life habits. The goal is to provide students with the skills necessary to respond thoughtfully and carefully to the demands of navigating today's complex world. An informal atmosphere is fostered to promote student discussion and participation.
Rumsey Hall helps students find answers to quintessential adolescent questions and discover their best selves through the Boys’ Atlas and Girls’ World programs. In these single-sex classes for each grade level, students consider such topics as friendship, risk-taking, group dynamics and stereotypical representations in the media. Role-playing, journal writing and other activities encourage critical thinking and moral reasoning to help students develop a sense of self-identity and community responsibility.
Girls' World teaches conflict resolution, communication and leadership skills. Girls learn to encounter life with confidence preparing to be their best selves. They explore ways to handle important relationships by communicating their feelings honestly. They develop skills to resolve conflict gracefully and effectively, while staying true to themselves. The girls participate in a safe, interactive classroom environment where role-playing, hands-on activities and journal writing are important aspects of class participation.
Boys’ Atlas provides Vth Form boys with a platform for discussion and education about many social issues faced every day. They develop a strict set of rules to foster a safe, casual, inclusive environment where they can share thoughts and feelings while promoting fun and friendship. Topics covered include bullying, friendship, risk taking behavior, stress and the social pressure to be a ‘man.’ Activities, games and discussion foster mutual trust.