Wellbeing is central to the ethos of Big Creative Academy and we have a manifesto setting out our commitment:
Big Creative Academy promotes building positive relationships
Big Creative Academy promotes resilience for self-development
Big Creative Academy promotes reflection to encourage happiness
This applies to the students, staff and we are taking it out into the community.
Students have a one hour session per week facilitated by our Wellbeing Lead, working eight areas of wellbeing which contribute to each individual’s quality of life.
- Social Wellbeing is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellbeing.
- Emotional Wellbeing is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our Emotional Wellbeing.
- Spiritual Wellbeing is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellbeing.
- Environmental Wellbeing is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellbeing.
- Occupational Wellbeing is the ability to get personal fulfilment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellbeing.
- Intellectual Wellbeing is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.
- Physical Wellbeing is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviours have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check-ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellbeing.
- Financial Wellbeing is the ability to achieved minimal financial stress, establish strong financial foundation, and create an ongoing plan to help reach future financial goals. In addition to the management of money, and explore how individuals feel about their financial situation and their confidence to make financial decisions.
Students complete surveys to track their wellbeing journey and reflect on their progress.