A key component of St. Clement’s unique offering is a learning environment where students are nurtured and supported.
Each of our students is known and feels valued. Our LINCWell approach ensures this is the reality at SCS.
Our LINCWell Approach
LINCWell is a full school, Grades 1-12 approach designed to craft a school experience for each of our students that is characterized by Learning, Individualization, Nurturing, Creativity, and Wellbeing.
LINCWell’s overarching goal is to provide each one of our students with key resources, or tools, as well as the ability to know when to use each tool according to their individual needs and preferences.
Having a “toolbox” of key resources to pull from contributes to each student’s well-being. We define wellbeing as the balance between an individual’s challenges and resources. This is a dynamic state in which individuals are empowered to reach the peak of their potential.
As our students develop these tools, they are enabled to learn well, lead well, and live well; empowering them to be able to successfully navigate the opportunities and challenges they will experience at SCS, and beyond.
LINCWell in Action
What does LINCWell look like in action?
On any given day, LINCWell can be found undertaking its innovative and creative work – helping Junior School teachers bring mindfulness into their classrooms to support student attention during learning; teaching Middle School learners how the amygdala influences their performance during tests, exams, or presentations; preparing Grade 12 students for the challenges of university, ensuring they are ready to tackle everything from residence life to first-year exams.
- Sprouting Minds program
- i-Think curriculum, in partnership with the Rotman School
- TRIBES community building and Brainology programs
- Brain science learning
- LINCWell speaker series
- Grade 11 and 12 Transition to University program
- University planning
- Individualized 1:1 counselling and life coaching
- Goal setting
- Student workshops
- Daily Homeform check-ins
- Community of Care – ensuring every girl is known
- New girl mentoring
- Relaxation and study spaces
- Arts-based workshops
- Junior School Interest Fair
- Lunchtime collaborative “Create Breaks”
- Dance and music
Wellness and Mental Health
- Mental health education in collaboration with CAMH, Jack.org
- Mindful Moments
- Junior School Health Hustle
- Student-led Wellness Committee
- Yoga and Pilates
- Mental health first aid training
A Focus on Fundamentals
Beginning in the Junior School, foundational skills are emphasized to ensure that early learning is on the right track for every student. A focus on mindfulness, both inside the classroom and with friends on the playground, fosters self-awareness, self-discipline, and compassion – important for optimizing learning and building a strong and healthy School community.
Building strong academic skills continues with a focus on study skills and learning strategies. Greater support to help manage the social and emotional challenges of early adolescence ensures that Middle School students remain connected to the School community and engaged in their learning. Unique to SCS, the LINC7 and LINC8 curriculum focuses on building a learning community, cultivating a growth mindset, and developing leadership practices – including teamwork, and collaboration, and inspiring a shared vision. Our Middle School LINCWell Counsellor works closely with our Grade 7s and 8s. Beginning in Grade 9, each student is paired with her own Senior LINCWell Counsellor: a match that remains through to Grade 12. This means that every student has someone to go to who knows her well.
Preparing for Post-Secondary
In the Senior School, LINCWell continues to promote mindfullness and resiliency as students get ready for the transition to post-secondary life. A greater emphasis on mental health and wellness, career planning, life skills such as nutrition and financial planning, and university counselling round out the LINCWell experience. Students and parents have access to information regarding university placement, both Canadian and international. As each graduating student has worked with her LINCWell Counsellor since Grade 9, university counselling is highly personalized and informed. With the backing of teachers and LINCWell counsellors and staff, each one of our girls receives the guidance, expertise, and support necessary to help her reach her personal goals beyond SCS.
New Ways of Learning
Nurtured, supported, and encouraged to approach learning in new ways.
The LINCWell Speaker Series was developed with the objective of sharing the latest research and thinking by eminent public speakers. Relevant and timely topics have included bullying, social media, and adolescent mental health. The Speaker Series is open to students, staff, parents and the SCS community.
Real World Workshops
Our girls participate in a wide variety of workshops that help to develop new skills and promote success both inside our walls, and out in the world. Workshops cover everything from exam prep and study skills, how to stay organized, and stress relief; to hands-on nutrition, yoga, and team building experiences. The workshops are led by LINCWell counsellors and staff, students, alumnae, and guest experts from the community, providing access to a wide range of skill sets and perspectives.
Learn Well. Lead Well. Live Well.
Learn more about how our LINCWell approach applies to daily life.
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We value the involvement of parents in all aspects of school life.
Beyond the Classroom
With opportunities to get involved in clubs, trips, and volunteering in the community, learning doesn’t stop at the classroom doors.
Our commitment to excellence in learning means being in tune with the world around us, and always looking ahead.