Health & Wellness
Preparing students for leadership in the connected 21st century involves an emphasis on balance. Our graduates are joyful young women who hold work and responsibility in balance with time for physical fitness, spiritual growth, personal interests, and friends and family. At SPSG, we integrate a proactive approach to health and wellness throughout our curriculum and provide comprehensive counseling and health services to support our students in developing lifelong attributes of confidence, grit, and resilience that will empower them to take healthy risks and live fully realized lives.
The Upper School Lifetime Fitness and Wellness credit is intended to provide the motivation, format, and opportunities for the upper school SPSG student to build upon the knowledge and skills that she learned while in middle school physical education. The goal is to graduate students who are physically literate and who have established habits that will lead to an active life. This is a two part process over the course of a student’s upper school years.
Part one is a required “Lifetime Fitness and Wellness” one semester course that students have the option to take as a 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student in the fall or the spring semester The course builds upon the concepts and skills of lifetime fitness and wellness introduced in the 7th and 8th grade with the hope of instilling in each student a positive attitude toward physical self and lifelong physical activity and a desire to reap all of its benefits. Students will combine both cognitive and active learning experiences through lectures and physical activity participation where the primary focus is on the improvement of the health related fitness components of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, and flexibility. This combination of learning experiences is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skill and behavior changes necessary to make positive lifestyle choices and optimize their well-being. The goal of this course is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthy physical activity.
Part two of the credit is satisfied through participation in a SPSG or outside of school physically active team or individual sport, dance program, or personal fitness program for a period equivalent to six/twelve week seasons over the course of a student’s upper school years.
In the middle school, our health and wellness program is integrated throughout the curriculum. PE classes, meeting at least three times per week for students in Grades 5-8, emphasize lifelong fitness goals and incorporate an emphasis on age-appropriate health topics such as puberty, body image, nutrition, and hygiene. The school counselor works in coordination with the PE department to co-plan and teach many of these lessons. When possible, PE classes are held outdoors to enhance students' appreciation for nature. The seventh grade class trip to Echo Hill Outdoor Education School complements our outdoor education program.
Peer Mentoring allows students in grades 10-12 with a a diverse range of interests, backgrounds, skills and talents, and character traits to actively teach and talk with their younger peers students in grades 6-9 throughout the year on various topics. Peer Mentors are expected to maintain strong character and sound decision making in order to set positive examples.
Our staff includes two full time clinical professional counselors, a chaplain, and a registered school nurse. In addition to life skills classes, short-term counseling and pastoral care are available to all students. Students can self-refer or be referred by an advisor, teacher, or parent. Support is offered for friendship issues, stress, loss and change, and peer conflict, as well as other adolescent concerns. The SPSG Health and Wellness Departments uses a solution-focused approach, and the counselor or chaplain communicates with the parent, as appropriate. The counselor may refer students to resources outside of the school in order to meet her psychological, emotional, or social needs.
Middle School Counselor
Upper School Counselor
As your child continues to grow and flourish, St. Paul's School for Girls strives to provide meaningful programming for parents throughout their child's development. While it is our mission to provide educational opportunities for our students, it is equally important that the adults in our students' lives continue to grow and seek understanding during their child's adolescent years.
We are pleased to offer parent programming events throughout the school year. We strongly encourage you to attend as many of these offerings as possible. Please refer to the calendar of events regularly to see what is being offered.