At St. Joseph’s, we believe that the connection between the promotion of wellbeing and positive learning outcomes is vital. We aim to ensure that each child is known and supported through their learning journey at St. Joseph’s School.
In determining the priorities for Student Wellbeing at St Joseph’s School, staff, parents and children agree that we are committed to:
- welcoming all members of our school community;
- recognising the uniqueness and dignity of each person;
- supporting parents in their role as the ‘first educators’ of their children;
- providing a supportive, caring and safe environment for all school community members;
- developing programs which ensure that students develop a healthy self image, a sense of belonging and self-discipline.
We aim to ensure these outcomes are achieved by:
- employing a trained Student Wellbeing Leader who works with students, staff and parents to help achieve satisfactory outcomes for all;
- holding regular meetings of the Intervention Team to monitor and support student wellbeing;
- using a democratic and co-operative approach to all relationships;
- holding regular class meetings in each classroom;
- teaching students about rights and responsibilities;
- using the ‘Berry Street Education Model' P-6;
- Mindfulness sessions held regularly;
- offering ‘Seasons Grief and Loss Peer Support Program’ to assist students cope with all forms of grief and loss;
- providing in school access to trained psychologists;
- providing regular parent information sessions related to student wellbeing;
- offering ‘The Better Buddies Program’ to support Prep students in their first year of school;
- developing, training and supporting Year 6 students to have an active role in the School Leadership Program;
- listening to ‘student voice’ through an active Student Representative Council, where students from all classes P-6 are represented;
- welcoming parents as helpers into the learning process;
- providing opportunities for students to mix and work with different age and interest groups.