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.
At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Meadowbank, we promote student wellbeing in a variety of ways:
- Anti-Bullying Program – this program involves a series of lessons taught across the whole school in Term 1 each alternate year. In the other year, an abridged version is taught.
- Buddy Program – a program that supports Kindergarten students as they transition to the school community by giving them a special older friend to help them settle in to school. This program also develops leadership skills in our senior students.
- School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (SPBL) – a program which teaches and promotes positive school behaviours and encourages students to ‘Be Like Christ’ towards others by focusing on our three school rules: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe.
- School Counsellor – available onsite at the school to support student emotional and mental wellbeing.
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.