In Ulidia we are committed to the development of character, resilience and a growth mindset. We believe that this is an inherent part of the success of the College, both in terms of examination results and in the confidence of our young people.
We promote many aspects of resilience in our pupils: academic, physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual. Our aim is for students to develop the empathy and emotional intelligence which will support their achievement in all curriculum areas and make them dynamic members of our society and workforce.
The Positive Discipline system is the foundation of all we do. We teach our young people how to behave, enabling them to achieve our expected standards.
Positive Discipline has created a ‘behaviour for learning’ climate, by setting out clear high expectations and consistently recognising and encouraging those pupils who meet and exceed it.
We have a tiered approach to rewards that sees members of staff telephoning home to recognise the progress pupils are making at the College. The culture of ‘earning through effort’ within the College develops positive relationships with all pupils and their families, all culminating in the annual rewards trips at the end of the year.
Ulidians are expected to show both loyalty to and respect for their school and to each other at all times. We celebrate our differences in the knowledge that our own are respected and celebrated in return. The workplace we are preparing pupils for is broad and diverse, and so we give them the opportunity to openly explore each other’s cultures and beliefs, find common ground and learn to work with people from different backgrounds, views, experiences and interests.
We have an extensive pastoral programme with Integration, Citizenship and Personal Development at the heart of all we do. Pupils are placed in pastoral form classes in year 8 that are made up from a blend of all the year 8s. Their form teacher remains constant throughout years 8-12 and they are supported by specialist Year Leaders who know the specific demands of each year group as the pupils progress.
We firmly believe at Ulidia that in times of need whatever they may be there is always support available to all of us in our local community and beyond. Our pastoral team have put together a list of resources covering a wide range of needs together with contact details. Sometimes just the listening ear of someone else or the additional support during a difficult time can make all the difference.
If you would like any further information on any of these resources contact:
- FAMILYWORKS COUNSELLING SERVICE www.familyworksni.com
- CHILDINE www.childline.org.uk
- NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk
- SAMARITANS www.samaritans.org.uk
- LIGHTHOUSE www.lighthousecharity.com
- LIFELINE www.lifeline.info
- AWARE (DEFEAT DEPRESSION) www.aware-ni.org
- CRUSE BEREAVEMENT www.crusebereavement.org.uk
- BARNARDOS www.barnardos.org.uk
- RAINBOW PROJECT www.rainbowproject.org.uk
- YOUNG MINDS www.mind.org.uk
- RETHINK www.rethink.org.uk
- FAMILY TRAUMA CENTRE www.familytraumacentreuk.org.uk
- YMCA www.carrickymca.org.uk
- NIAMH (N.I. ASSOCIATION MENTAL HEALTH) www.niamhwellbeing.org.uk
- NEXUS www.nexusni.org.uk
- WOMEN’S AID www.womensaidni.org.uk
- MIND YOUR HEAD www.mindyourhead.info
- PARENTING N.I. www.parentingni.org.uk
- MINDWISE www.mindwisenv.org
- GET SELF HELP www.getselfhelp.co.uk
- HELPLINES NETWORK NI www.helplinesnetworkni.com
- EAST ANTRIM COUNSELLING www.eastantrimcounselling.com
- PIPS www.pipscharity.com