SUPPORTING COMMUNITY WELLBEING
The wellbeing of all students is at the heart of Sydney Catholic Schools, enabling a learning environment which promotes and provides for the spiritual, physical, cognitive, and social and emotional growth of the entire school community.
Wellbeing is best promoted in a safe and supportive school environment, and in Sydney Catholic schools wellbeing is characterised by positive relationships, resilience, the opportunity to maximise strengths and high levels of satisfaction, and connectedness with learning. The links between learning and wellbeing are well researched and are clear.
The responsibility for enhancing and promoting student wellbeing is shared by all in Sydney Catholic Schools. School communities set the direction of their own student wellbeing priorities locally.
The Sydney Catholic Schools’ Student Wellbeing Team, a multidisciplinary team of professionals, is available to provide additional support for schools across all areas of student wellbeing.
In the areas of behaviour, emotions, thoughts, learning and social relationships, a thriving student may do the following – and much more:
- Be resilient and manage stress and challenges in a productive way;
- Be interested, curious and absorbed in learning and pursue learning goals with determination;
- Maintain positive and supportive peer relationships.
Student wellbeing and mental health, including self management and interpersonal skills, are addressed explicitly throughout the school curriculum.
Taking a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing means that our schools look at what a student needs to thrive as an ultimate goal. The focus does not come from a ‘deficit model’ of ‘how can we help this student who is unwell’, but rather a positive and proactive approach that aims to allow all students to thrive and to reach their potential.