Student wellbeing is integral to Catholic schools. It is vital to ensure that our children feel secure, emotionally connected and supported. Wellbeing is a recognised part of our Australian Curriculum, with a focus on the development of personal and social capabilities. These capabilities centre on students developing an understanding of themselves and others, and learning to manage their relationships and wellbeing in an effective manner.
It is well established that when students feel emotionally and socially capable, this enhances their motivation to reach their full potential and to attain high standards in their academic learning (Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, MCEETYA, 2008).
The manner with which children conduct themselves is vital to a positive and supportive school community, and a core part of student wellbeing. St. Joseph’s has developed Positive Behaviours for Learning Guidelines that helps students to understand their rights and responsibilities within the community.
An additional key component of student wellbeing is to ensure students at St Joseph’s are safe and protected from harm. Student Protection is integral to learning and teaching. The rights of safety, security and nurture underpin students’ capacity for learning and maximise the potential for personal development, which ultimately enhances wellbeing and life opportunities. All staff participate in regular and on-going student protection professional learning to assist them to understand their roles and responsibilities and to respond appropriately to student protection concerns.
All volunteers are required to complete student protection training. Please visit the Volunteer section of this website for more information.
See Also: Student Protection