At St Mary’s we believe wellbeing is best achieved within a school community that is safe, supportive, inclusive and empowering. It is about building community through a sense of relationships and preparing our children to live a happy and fulfilling life within a community.
We do this by:
- Encouraging positive relationships between all members of our community.
- Collaboratively implementing a whole school approach to Positive Behaviour Management
- Using a Restorative Approach to behaviour management through which we concentrate on repairing the harm caused and restoring the relationship
- Involving students in social & emotional learning to develop skills in self and social awareness and management. Skills are introduced in weekly Circle Time sessions and focussed on throughout the week
- Running a vibrant and engaging Buddy program for our Prep and Year 6 students
- Running an active Student Leadership Program which includes having a Junior School Council with representatives from Year 1 - 6, Year 6 leaders including School, House, Social Justice, Wellbeing, Choir and Sport leaders
- Organising regular Parent Support Group meetings to ensure we are providing ongoing and effective support for our parents of students with special needs.
- Acknowledging National Days of awareness, including: National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence, Better Buddy Day, Happiness and Kindness Day and Red Day for Child Safety.
- Involving students and parents in a thorough transition program that goes from Kinder to Year 7
- Engaging a School Counsellor and Speech Patholigist who work with individual and small groups of students
At St. Mary's we are committed to maintaining a culture of child safety by actively implementing strategies in accordance with our moral and legal obligations and demonstrate this through everyday life at the school, guided by the documents listed below.
Our Child Safety Officer is Margaret Masseni (Deputy Principal & Student Wellbeing Leader).
St. Mary's School Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct
St. Mary's School Child Safety Policy
St. Mary's School PROTECT - Reporting Obligations Policy
Child Safety Policy - Student Version
School practices and processes related to student participation and empowerment in matters related to child safety and wellbeing.