St Mary’s Primary School is committed to providing a safe, caring and supportive learning environment, which ensures that the experience of social, emotional and academic learning is positive for all students. The school fosters a culture of positive and respectful relationships, which is modeled by Jesus Christ, his mother Mary and the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle. Our school is a community that exemplifies the values of Integrity, Respect, Compassion and Justice.
St Mary’s promotes a healthy, supportive and secure environment for all children and develops student and school connectedness. Our programs and practices are dynamic and responsive as needs and demands change within our community. This philosophy is an expression of faith and is evident in all facets of the curriculum. Placing an emphasis on student wellbeing contributes significantly to the development of positive relationships and improved student learning outcomes. Corporal punishment is not permitted at St Mary’s Parish School.
Student Wellbeing at St Mary's is based on the understanding that students have the primary responsibility for their behaviour and that parents and staff, work in partnership to assist students to develop healthy social practices and personal wellbeing strategies.
We aim to:
St Mary’s Student Wellbeing programs, initiatives and process are directly guided by the Enable, Connect, Engage and Learn principles. The development, implementation and evaluation of our whole school approach to student wellbeing is focussed on primary prevention, early prevention, intervention and restoring wellbeing. These strategies that St Mary’s is committed to in nurturing the wellbeing of its students are:
The Victorian Curriculum guides the teaching of the curriculum taught at St Mary’s. To support the wellbeing development of all of our students, the Personal and Social Capabilities are taught. The Personal and Social Capability in the Victorian curriculum is organised into two interrelated strands: Self-Awareness and Management and Social Awareness and Management. Each strand contains content descriptions that are organised in sub-strands.
Underlying all St Mary's values are the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.