Introduction

anzacStudent Wellbeing at St. Joseph's

St Joseph’s school is a seaside Catholic community of children, parents and staff within the wider Catholic community. At St Joseph’s, we believe that each person’s wellbeing is nurtured through experiences of belonging, building relationships with others, being accepted and valued, feeling safe and by being positively engaged and interactive in their learning.  We aim to provide a calm and safe environment for all members of our community and we are committed to maintaining this environment.

 ‘”Wellbeing is more than pleasant feelings. It is a positive and sustainable condition that allows individuals, groups, organizations and nations to thrive and flourish. It encompasses resilience, which is the ability to develop and thrive in the face of adversity or ‘the ability to bungee jump through life’.” (Andrew Fuller)

Student wellbeing encompasses the whole person. We strive to support in our students, parents and staff resiliency, and the feeling of safety and happiness.  We believe these combined are essential for both social and academic development.  As a community we aim to respond sensitively to the academic, social, faith based and cultural needs of our families.

  • Student wellbeing complements our Religious Education program
  • Student wellbeing connects with our teaching and learning program
  • Social and emotional learning is a teaching and learning focus across the school, with a major focus presented in the first two weeks of the school year through a ‘start up ‘ program
  • Social and emotional learning continues to be supported every week through a regular program which aims to explicitly teach the 5 competencies of social emotional learning.
  • Positive behaviour expectations are part of our school rules that we focus on every day.  These are supported by a discipline policy
  • We focus on four values that promote student wellbeing: honesty, teamwork, learning and respect
  • Students are encouraged to always make good choices and to accept responsibility for their actions
  • Staff and parents contribute to safety and wellbeing within the school

Through the explicit teaching of lifelong learning principles, social and emotional competencies, and the values that support our Religious Education Program we support students to :

  • Establish and maintain healthy relationships
  • Make responsible and ethical decisions
  • Recognise and manage their emotions; this includes developing coping skills to deal constructively and effectively with life’s challenges
  • Set positive goals, social, academic and personal  and name strategies to reach these goals

Link to Andrew Fuller’s website entitled: Kickstart your thinking with Andrew. Useful information for families, schools, students and professionals

http://andrewfuller.com.au/