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.
The St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School Ashfield pastoral care policy has a range of components including:
- the pastoral care of students
- anti-bullying strategies
- guidelines for behaviour management
- guidelines for the management of students with challenging behaviours
- guidelines for resolving concerns and complaints.
The policy is frequently reviewed to ensure the best support possible is offered to students, teachers and families. The policy incorporates the principles and processes of restorative justice as they have emerged following our school involvement in this program.
Our schoolwide positive behaviours for learning of:
- Be respectful
- Be responsible and
- Be an active learner; are embedded in all that we do at St Vincent’s. These positive behaviours support our award system and discipline processes for all learning and playing spaces.
Learning opportunities and special events are also held throughout the year to promote wellbeing and personal growth through the eSafety Commissioner website, U R Strong and Be You learning community.
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.
- School Counsellor: Mrs Vini Capano – email@example.com
- Police Liaison Officer: Senior Constable James Bottalico, Ashfield Police Station. E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: (02) 97974052
- Kids Helpline
- Student Wellbeing Hub
- Anti Bullying
- Be You
- Parent Line NSW
- Family and Community Services Helpline: 133 627
- NSW Health: (02) 9391 9000