Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Strategies


Student Wellbeing is implemented through a number of strategies at St Mary’s.

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1. The Learning Program

The Victorian Essential Learning Standards clearly sets out for schools the scope of learning students need access to as they are to mature into adults. Learning programs aligned with the VELS strand of ‘Physical, Personal and Social Learning’ will form the cornerstone of the school’s approach to student wellbeing. In this VELS strand, the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours students need are described in the four domains of Health and Physical Education, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, and Civics and Citizenship.

2. Relationships

It is important for all children to establish meaningful relationships with peers, class teacher, other students and staff. In the school’s daily life, the ways in which people interact with each other impacts significantly on each person’s sense of self worth, belonging and wellbeing. The fostering of high quality, positive interpersonal relationships among staff, students, and parents is a responsibility shared by everyone. The ‘Healthy Relationships Program’ is used as part of the curriculum to help promote, develop and sustain meaningful relationships both at school and in the home.

3. Expectations

To develop and sustain a motivated learning community where students experience success on a regular basis, expectations for students need to be clearly defined and consistently adhered to.

4. Specialist Support

Student Wellbeing is serviced by two linked but different services, Student Support and Special Education. These two services provide staff and students with the support needed to meet the individual needs of students. Student Support takes a focus on assisting staff to meet the behavioural, emotional and social needs of all students, and Special Education takes the focus on students with special and particular learning needs.