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 Mary’s Catholic Primary School Concord, a variety of wellbeing programs are implemented at point of need. Programs include: mindfulness sessions, classroom bucket fillers, Mind Up, onsite school counsellor and opportunities for students to set goals with a resilience focus.
Our health program also incorporates a variety of social and emotional learning strategies to provide them with lifelong wellbeing skills. Professional development opportunities for staff are also provided to help them understand and foster both student and staff wellbeing.
The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework underpins all our wellbeing practices. These strategies aim to develop whole school resilience to flourish in a changing world.
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.