The wellbeing of all students is at the heart of Catholic Education in Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS), enabling a learning environment which promotes and provides for the spiritual, physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of our students.
Student wellbeing is a student’s level of satisfaction about the quality of their life at school. Optimal (or desirable) wellbeing is characterised by positive feelings and attitude, positive relationships with other students and teachers, resilience and satisfaction with self and learning experiences at school (Noble, McGrath, Roffey and Rowling 2008).
A whole school approach to strengthening child safe communities acknowledges the strong interconnections between student safety, wellbeing and learning. There is a continual focus on inclusion, promoting positive relationships and safe behaviours. Student safety and wellbeing are enhanced when students feel connected to their school, have respectful trusting relationships with their peers and teachers, feel confident about their social and emotional skills and are comfortable with their learning experiences at school.
This policy is underpinned by the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework which is based on evidence that demonstrates the strong association between safety, wellbeing and learning. The framework recognises five elements that are key to supporting the whole school community to build and maintain safe, positive relationships and wellbeing: leadership, inclusion, student voice, partnerships and support. This is complemented by the Be You Framework, a national initiative for educators, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people. The integration of both frameworks supports SCS school communities to provide every student with the strongest foundation possible for them to reach their aspirations in learning and in life.
The purpose of this policy is to provide an overarching framework for the provision of an environment in which the wellbeing of students can be promoted and safeguarded.