Student Wellbeing

Students at Holy Spirit School have the opportunity to engage in a large number of co-curricular activities including:

  • School and Parish Masses
  • Student Leadership Program
  • Sacramental Programs
  • Specialist Sporting programs
  • Inter-School Cluster Sports and pathways
  • Gifted Education
  • Reading Recovery
  • CasPa
  • Public Speaking
  • Premier's Reading Challenge
  • Choir
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Seasons for Growth program
  • URSTRONG Wellbeing Program 

Pastoral Care

Holy Spirit School's Vision Statement clearly places Christ as our centre and model and our expectations of the children reflect the values of the Gospel.

The overall care of a child includes not only the academic side of learning but also the emotional, spiritual and social. Personal, social, emotional and economic factors may all have a direct effect on children thereby affecting their learning and relationships with others. Our school is a URSTRONG school promoting student wellbeing.

As a learning community we are committed to making Holy Spirit School a place where love, reconciliation and compassion are evident and where hope is not only dreamed about, but is real and practised.

For more information see the Sydney Catholic Schools Guidelines for Student Wellbeing, Pastoral Care and Behaviour Management.

Restorative Justice

Holy Spirit School’s Discipline Policy is based on the Principles of Restorative Justice:

  • it is the responsibility of adults to facilitate the success of children.
  • when someone has done something that causes harm, there are many choices
  • ignore it and hope it goes away,
  • act tough and punish,
  • label, or
  • facilitate a process so peace can be restored for the person harmed, the person who did the harm and the community.

The goals of Restorative Justice are:

  • To improve roles of all key members of the school community – students, teachers and parents
  • To enhance academic performance – improved learning outcomes emerge out of positive relationships
  • To respond to the needs of students in our school who have extremely challenging behaviours in a manner that promotes inclusiveness
  • To develop skills in collaborative problem solving

Restorative Justice main aims are reconciliation and reparation. Students who break rules are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their behaviour, and to restore damaged relationships and material losses. Participation in Restorative Justice helps students to understand the consequences of their behaviour, and to realise that they have the power to make things right.

We encourage responsible, positive self-discipline.

Child Protection Summary

Summary of responsibilities and procedures from Sydney Catholic Schools child protection guidelines:

Teachers are mandated notifiers of child abuse for children they suspect are at risk of significant harm. Where a teacher has 'reasonable grounds', they should follow the procedures and responsibilities listed below.

The key responsibilities of teachers and school counsellors are:

  • To comply with the mandatory reporting requirement if there are reasonable grounds to suspect 'risk of significant harm' concerning a child or young person involving any students under 18 years;
  • To provide information required by the Principal to assist in the assessment of a student's safety and well-being;
  • To provide on-going care and support to students who experience abuse or neglect in accordance with the school's pastoral care policy and within the range of normal school duties;
  • To participate, at the direction of the Principal, in interagency protection planning and case review meetings, co-ordinated by the Community Services key worker, and provide information and advice where appropriate;
  • To ensure confidentiality in relation to every aspect of an incident or allegation of suspected 'risk of significant harm' to children or a young person;

All parent helpers in the school will be required to complete a 'Prohibited Declaration' online and submit it to the office prior to them working as a volunteer at the school or at an outside activity e.g. excursion. Parent helpers will also need to sign in, and sign out, at the school office for each visit. Parents must complete the Parent Helpers' Workshop in Term 1 each year in order to help in the classroom or be considered for school excursions.To ensure confidentiality in relation to every aspect of an incident or allegation of suspected 'risk of significant harm' to children or a young person.

All teachers and volunteers working in schools will need to sign a declaration and be screened to ensure that they are not prohibited from working with children as a result of any conviction of child sex related charges. Screening of employees will be conducted by Sydney Catholic Schools. Visitors to Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School who have business in classrooms or on site will need to sign in at the office and wear a visitor's badge.