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.
At St Catherine Labouré Catholic Primary School Gymea, we aim to create a safe, caring and secure environment for students, recognising the individuality, dignity, self esteem and integrity of each student while fostering respectful relationships and positive social behaviours.
Student wellbeing is supported through frameworks including School Wide Positive Behaviours for Learning (SPBL), Restorative Justice Principles, Student Awards, and education around the Zones of Regulation.
Specific wellbeing initiatives include:
- Buddy Program: supporting the transition of kindergarten students into our school community with the guidance of Year 5 students, providing an opportunity for connections to be forged and maintained over numerous years.
- Brainstorm Productions: Anti-bullying education program
- School Counsellor: available onsite five days per fortnight to support student emotional, social and mental wellbeing.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects 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.