We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
At St Francis de Sales’ Catholic Primary School Woolooware we pride ourselves on creating positive and respectful relationships by recognising, nurturing and enriching each individual as a unique and special person. We use the KidsMatter and Be You framework and resources to address wellbeing by:
- creating a positive school community
- teaching students skills for healthy social and emotional development
- working together and supporting families.
Some of the special programs we use to nurture and promote wellbeing with our students are K–6 Highway Heroes Social and Emotional Program, Schoolwide Positive Behaviour for Learning (SPBL), Zones of Regulation Program for emotional recognition, Restorative Justice principles and practices and a Reflection Centre for behaviour, social and emotional support.
We also have a school counsellor who is onsite to attend to individual student needs, work with parents and support staff in professional development with social and emotional learning and wellbeing issues. Special events are also held throughout the year to promote wellbeing and personal growth such as R U Ok? and Sabbath Week.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.