Daisy Turnbull, the wellbeing director at St Catherine's School in Waverley in Sydney's east, said students who were well-rounded and involved in co-curricular programs had been able to bounce back quickly from the year's challenges and gain perspective on events outside the school.

"Self-efficacy is incredibly important for student wellbeing and we try to focus on their own ability to shape their lives and the mood of those around," she said.

She said students had been developing resilience by focusing on what they could control, their own habits and routines, and by placing their own experiences in the context of a global pandemic.

But she said connection had been the most important factor in maintaining student wellbeing and resilience this year. "For that reason, teacher support has been critical," Ms Turnbull said.

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