Wellington understands that no matter how comprehensive our curriculums are, they alone cannot provide us with the full toolkit for all facets of life. Wellbeing is the class that completes it. Embracing Socrates’ belief about the unexamined life, we embark on a quest to better understand ourselves and the world around us. Wellbeing is our opportunity to take a step back and address the bigger questions that lurk just below the din of day-to-day concerns. Through this class, we grow as individuals and establish a solid foundation that will stand up to the unpredictable challenges that lie ahead.” 

Katia, Year 13 (Wellesley)

Wellbeing Programme

Since 2006, Wellington College in England has been pioneering the teaching of wellbeing lessons and we have embraced this at Wellington College Shanghai.

Ensuring the wellbeing of the young people under our care has always been a key part of what we do and our commitment is clear given that wellbeing is a formal part of the curriculum across the College, in addition to the pastoral care we provide for our pupils within the House system.

Our wellbeing curriculum is split into two strands with lessons, workshop and discussion developing skills in:

  • Critical thinking, ethics and oracy
  • Cultural awareness, relationships & identity, physical health & mental wellbeing and careers & aspirations.


Our intention in providing curriculum time for such a programme is simple: we want our pupils to be able to handle the problems that life puts before them. We also wish to develop empathy and their understanding of the intrinsic human need to support others as well as themselves. Finally, we want them to show and grow the ability to pause, take stock and continually reassess in what is an increasingly hectic world.



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