Student Wellbeing

Student well being is a key focus for us at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. Just as we focus on academic learning we understand the importance of social and emotional learning. This underpins all that we do. We strive to nourish the well-being of all the dimensions of our students, including their emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual dimensions. Our focus on wellbeing encompasses nurturing the self, giving to others, and building and celebrating community at Blessed Sacrament.


We have implemented a variety of well-being programs. These programs include:- Mindfulness, BounceBack - Resilence, Buddies, Anti–Bullying Policy and practice, Student Awards and Peer Support Groups. 
Our school utilises the National Safe Schools Framework that is based on the following overarching vision: All Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student well-being. We also use the KidsMatter Framework to assist us to focus on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.
We value our partnership with parents in supporting their children’s mental health and wellbeing. In 2017 we launched SchoolTV to support our parents with credible information and strategies. 

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Student Leaders

As important members of the school community, students are valued for the contributions they can make to the school. Leadership potential is encouraged and supported.

The Year 6 School Leadership Team comprises school captains, vice-captains, house captains mission captains, environmental captains and education captains and technology captains. Examples of the responsibilities of the School Leadership Team are leading the weekly assembly, looking after the audiovisual displays, joining appropriate committees, delivering special occasion addresses and votes of thanks.

Kinder and Year 6 buddies

To assist in the transition into school, our Year 6 student leaders are responsible for the Kinder students. Each Kinder student is ‘buddied’ with a Yr 6 student who develops a close relationship with the Kinder student and looks out for them at school.

There are also opportunities each week for the Kinder and Yr 6 buddies to work together and so nurture the close bond. This assists the Kinder students to develop positive attitudes to their school life. It is a leadership responsibility for the Yr 6 students.

Interschool Activities

The students are encouraged to participate in interschool and extra-curricular activities with other schools.  Opportunities for interacting with other local schools include - Mathematics challenge days, Science days, Retreat days and sporting events for Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming. Examples of extra-curricular activities include Debating and CaSPA. 

Debating

Debating is a valuable form of communicating a certain position on a specific topic. It involves developing and presenting an argument in a team environment. Debating in a public forum fosters student confidence and co-operation. Each year our senior students are given the opportunity to take part in the Eastern Region Debating competition.

CasPA (Catholic Schools Performing Arts)

Students from Blessed Sacrament are encouraged to take part in the Eastern Region Performing Arts Festival when they occur. Children from all primary schools in our Eastern Region gather together to present a segment which tells a story. This is supported by a Special Events team who work with the schools and the students to coordinate this.

Every 3–5 years, all 147 schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney combine to perform in an Archdiocesan Performing Arts event – a spectacular celebration of the talents of the students in our schools.

Sport

Primary students are given the opportunity to represent the school at interschool events for Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics and other selective sports such as Soccer, Rugby, League, Tennis, Basketball, Netball and Cricket.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Tennis (before and after school)

Skipping (Friday morning)

Piano (before and after school)

Robotics (Friday at lunchtime)

Chess (Thursday at lunchtime)