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.
The wellbeing of our St Clare’s College community is central to everything we do. We recognise the need to value and respect every member of our college through the integration of wellbeing practice that is embedded in our procedures. Examples of this can be seen within the explicit teaching of life skills as presented within our pastoral program. This program reaches across the pastoral, curriculum, and spiritual domains through the integration of the Positive Education Framework of PROSPER. Positivity, Relationships, Outcomes, Strengths, Purpose, Engagement, and Resilience components are brought together within our Pastoral Care Program to develop lifelong behavioural skills that allow our students to see the world from a strengths-based perspective, thus developing meaningful life-long relationships. We commit one 50 minute period per cycle to this program allowing students and teachers to meet in their groups according to their House or Year. The flexibility within the program allows the activities to be tailored to the needs of the group through listening and responding to “student voice”.
This program is complemented by other evidence-based initiatives such as NAPCAN Love Bites and Love Bites Junior, The Resourceful Adolescent Program, Peer Support, and Be You that provide opportunities for the development of leadership, resiliency, and other skills in similarly tailored environments.
More targeted interventions are available to students as they work through their journey to adulthood with the support of the Wellbeing Team and College Counsellors.
Sydney Catholic Schools reject 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.
- Kids Helpline
- Student Wellbeing Hub
- Anti Bullying
- Be You
- Parent Line NSW
- Family and Community Services Helpline: 133 627
- NSW Health: (02) 9391 9000