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.
School-Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (SPBL)
What is SPBL?
School-wide positive behaviour support is an evidence-based framework preventing and responding to student behaviour. It aims to create a positive school climate, a culture of student competence and an open, responsive management system for all school community members. Instead of using many different behaviour management strategies, a consistent system of expectations for all students within our school is implemented in all areas including in classrooms and on the playground.
Our students know these expectations as our school rules:
- Care for Self
- Care for Others
- Care for Our Place
If a student is witnessed to have been following the school expectations on the playground they receive a ‘GOTCHA’. GOTCHAs are tallied in the classroom and are rewarded at Gold Awards Assembly on Wednesday afternoons (Infants Odd Weeks and Primary Even Weeks) with the following:
- 10: Wristband
- 30: School ruler and eraser
- 60: Holy Family pin
- 100: Holy Family medal and morning tea with the Principal
GOTCHAs are also collected and a lucky recipient is drawn from a grade raffle to receive some negotiated free-time in the classroom.
Playground Behaviour Expectations: as per our Matrix
Our Catholic Care school counsellor is an excellent support to our school community. Student achievement is recognised and celebrated through our school award system, assemblies and school newsletter.
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.