Health and Wellness

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano – a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

University School’s motto is every bit as important today as it was 100 years ago. The SMUS Health and Wellness Program provides experiences to support our students’ physical and emotional well-being, allowing them to discover their promise, while developing tools to be successful in their lives beyond St. Michaels University School.

The SMUS Health and Wellness Program has used the best research on health and wellness, combined with the knowledge and experience of a team of educators, and our students’ own experiences and needs, to create four cornerstones of health and wellness:

Cornerstone #1: Balance

The SMUS student strives to have a healthy balance between academics, extracurricular activities – including athletics, the arts, councils and clubs – and time for the self. While SMUS students are engaged in a wide variety of different experiences, it is important that healthy boundaries are respected, helping students achieve optimum balance and fulfillment in their lives.

Cornerstone #2: Resilience

The ability to thrive during challenging times, and view adversity and failure as opportunities for growth and learning, are the hallmarks of resilience. Recent research shows that resilience is actually a set of skills that can be developed in our students, and the SMUS Health and Wellness Program seeks to provide students with opportunities to build this skill set. Leaning heavily on Carol Dweck’s work on mindset, students are encouraged to develop a growth mindset, viewing failure and setbacks as opportunities for learning, growth, and possibility.

Cornerstone #3: Self-Care

The SMUS education provides students with the tools and skills to practise self-care, and cultivate a healthy lifestyle that extends to their post-secondary lives and beyond. The healthy body is nurtured through regular exercise and smart nutrition choices. The healthy mind is fed through good sleep hygiene, positive relationships with technology, and time for reflective or mindful practice.

Cornerstone #4: Connections

The healthy, fulfilled SMUS student is well-connected to peers, teachers, family, the greater community, and the self. This student also seeks to find purpose in their academics and their life outside of school, to guide them towards reaching their promise.