Culture of Care

St Hilda’s Culture of Care is a multi-dimensional approach to wellbeing. It encompasses wellbeing in its broadest sense and is a framework that supports students, staff and parents. Our Culture of Care is driven by our strategic plan and supported by the plan’s five pillars – Connect, Thrive, Shine, Evolve, Initiate and is deeply embedded in St Hilda’s Reimagined, our school’s future blueprint.

The Culture of Care is more than a pastoral program. It is a holistic approach to wellbeing – mental, physical and spiritual. Each program that forms part of the Culture of Care does not stand alone. They blend seamlessly into a culture that builds self-esteem, self-awareness and a willingness to understand and respect others.

Backed by industry-accredited research, the Resilience Project provides the foundations for the program and ensures that our community shares the language of good mental health.

We invite you to watch our video overview below, then scroll further to get more detail on our key focus areas.

Physical Wellbeing

Navigating the wide spectrum of needs for developing minds and bodies can be challenging. Effective exercise and movement opportunities for teenagers gives staff and parents the ability to observe, capture, manage and engage in the varying elements of students mental and physical wellbeing throughout their school years. We are committed to engaging students in exercise to assist them in realizing the impact it can have on their ongoing mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing.


While Our Belonging program is delivered in small classes throughout the academic year. Our curriculum is supported by the school’s partnership with The Resilience Project.

As our girls’ transition and continue to grow in the tradition of St Hilda's, it is important that they understand and appreciate the history, culture and traditions and values of the School. In 2023, all students (JK-10) will participate in our Belonging Program.

This program endeavours to invoke a sense of belonging through an appreciation of the people who have made the school what it is, the values it upholds as an Anglican school, and how the students can contribute to St Hilda's tradition and history. Students will discover and appreciate historical figures, old scholars, customs, celebrations, and values to find their place in St Hilda's story. 

Belonging Program

JK - 2

Discovery of Self

Years 3-6

Confidence and Self Assurance

Year 7

Transition and Creating Connection

Year 8

Respectful Relationships

Year 9

Evolving Self and Community Contribution

Year 10

Looking Outwards

Year 11 & 12

Future Bound

Self Care

Our girls thrive when they feel safe, respected, know their rights and responsibilities and are able to recognise when their safety and/or wellbeing is threatened.

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is a child safety and respectful relationships curriculum providing age and developmentally appropriate activities for children and young people from age 3 to Year 12. Our Keeping Safe Curriculum is delivered across JK – Year 10 by classroom teachers in the Junior School and Health teachers in the Senior School.

Wandering Spirit

Wandering Spirit is a year-long Year 9 program that provides opportunities for students to learn more about who they are, how they connect with the people and natural world around them, and who they would like to be, moving forward into their adult life. It is a program that celebrates St Hilda’s values, providing opportunities for all to shine.

Our students’ lives are busy and, at times, challenging. As they transition into adulthood, they are learning to juggle the complexities of peer and parent relationships, demanding schedules, technology challenges and the desire to be more independent. Developing strategies to support physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual health is imperative at this age.


Community Support

Our extensive community support network enriches St Hilda’s schooling experience. This includes:

Community Service Programs

Extensive cocurricular programs /Outdoor Education programs/ Sporting opportunities

Wide range of clubs and committees

Speaker series for our girls and parents

Student experiences, workshops and programs

External partnerships to support our girls

OSA connections

Co-educational opportunities with boys’ schools

Reconciliation Action Plan Committee