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:
- promote the values of Integrity, Respect, Compassion and Justice.
- acknowledge the worth of all members of the community and their right to work and learn in a positive and safe environment.
- maintain good order and harmony.
- affirm cooperation as well as responsible independence in learning.
- create a positive school environment in which all staff assume responsibility for the wellbeing of students and colleagues.
- develop policies and implement programs that are both, proactive and oriented towards prevention, intervention and restoring wellbeing.
- provide appropriate professional learning for all staff so that they are skilled and proactive in the management of student wellbeing needs and effective practices.
- build strong partnerships with families.
- reinforce positive behaviour and develop self-esteem and lifelong coping skills.
- maintain positive, tolerant and respectful relationships where student learning, personal growth and positive self-esteem is supported.
- promote values and principles for Christian living provide an inclusive approach to teaching and learning, and to ensure that there is regular professional dialogue amongst staff concerning their role and the wellbeing of students.
- develop a partnership of cooperation between family and school and Provide networks of care within school and in the wider community.
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:
- Positive Student-Student Relationships
- Restorative Practice Approach
- Anti-bullying Strategies
- Embedded Social Skill lessons in teacher practice
- Positive Involvement with Parents
- Positive Student-Teacher Relationships
- Strong Staff Collaboration
- Structured Lunchtime Activities
- Catholic Education focusing in particular on respect, compassion, justice and integrity
- Student Leadership
- Buddy Programs
- Cross-age activities
- Student Representative Council
- Year 6 Leadership opportunities
- Community Service Opportunities
- Student Services Team
- Onsite Counselling Services
- School Pride and High Expectations
- Student Wellbeing School Action Learning Team (SALT)
- Parent Support Group Meetings (PSG)
- Personal Learning Plans (PLP)
- Personal Behaviour Management Plan (PBMP)
- School Camps
- School excursions & incursions
- School Nurse
- Transition Program (Foundation - Year 6)
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.