Introduction

Student wellbeing is fundamental to successful learning. Students who are happy, confident and able to establish meaningful relationships are better placed to achieve positive learning outcomes. Student wellbeing can be defined as a state of positive psychological functioning that allows students to thrive, flourish and learn.

At St. Benedict’s Student wellbeing is promoted through:

  • Excellent classroom teaching and learning
  • A focus on  Social and Emotional development – curriculum goals to enhance relationships with families and the broader community
  • The provision of services which help to prevent student problems (academic, social and emotional)
  • The provision of services which intervene to help students resolve problems when they occur. This is part of the role of the Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Teaching and Learning – ensuring all children have access to programs that meet their intellectual, social and emotional needs
  • A safe, contemporary and supportive environment – physical resources and learning spaces that enhance the opportunity for children to learn in stimulating surrounds

 

    As a Catholic School, the person of Jesus Christ is used as our model for how we should treat others. Jesus left his followers the Commandment, “As I have loved you, so must you love one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35).

    Thus, the children at our school are constantly reminded to treat others as they like to be treated themselves, to show themselves to be followers of Christ through their actions.

 

 

 

Specific Strategies

Strategies that our school are committed to in nurturing an effective whole-school behaviour management system include:-

  • Positive Student-Student Relationships:
  • A Whole-school Approach
  • Anti-bullying Strategy
  • Embedded Social Skills
  • Positive Involvement with Parents
  • Positive Student-Teacher Relationships
  • Strong Staff Collaboration
  • Structured Lunchtime Activities
  • Values Education focusing in particular on respect, compassion, cooperation and friendliness
  • Student Leadership and Ownership
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Fun and humour
  • School Pride and High Expectations

 

Student services

We have a Student Services Coordinator who, together with the classroom teachers, identifies children with special needs. This could be behavioural, physical or academic. Referrals may be needed to access further support through the Catholic Education Office within the areas of Psychology, Speech Pathology or Educational Academic support. At every stage parental support is vital. Regular parent meetings are scheduled to set goals.

We have available ‘On Psych’ psychological services. These independent psychologists work in our school and can observe children to obtain information about academic and social functioning. They provide feedback to teachers and parents. We believe that early intervention makes a positive difference to a child’s future.