Student Wellbeing

The love of God and the values of Jesus Christ permeate the life of our school community. Pastoral care encompasses all that we are and all that we do.  Every member of the community shares in the responsibility for promoting the values of love, respect, responsibility, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, inclusiveness, service and justice. Our community nurtures the dignity, self-esteem and wellbeing of all, in an atmosphere of optimism and hope. The pastoral care, to which we are committed as a community, is evidenced by a happy and safe environment where there are high expectations of student achievement, high quality teaching and learning, restorative practices, and positive relationships.


The teaching of Christian values, which include respect and responsibility, is fundamental at St Catherine of Siena. These values are taught explicitly through the RE program, across all KLAs, and throughout the everyday life of the school by word and example. The school uses the Bounce Back program for enhancing student wellbeing and resilience. Restorative Justice provides a model for the school to promote positive relationships and to help students, parents and teachers deal with conflict in ways that restore relationships with respect and dignity.


Students regularly review the class and school rules, including the anti-bullying rules. The rights and responsibilities of all members of the school community are emphasised in class and at assemblies. This is reinforced by Class Merit Awards and Principal Awards that are presented weekly to students displaying appropriate attitudes and behaviour. Senior students are chosen to be members of the Restorative Justice Crew to assist fellow students to resolve simple conflict issues.


KidsMatter:  Last year we started working utilising the KidsMatter framework to develop positive school practices in the area of wellbeing.  We have been introducing a KidsMatter Focus for each week that is displayed in classrooms.  We discuss what it may look like and sound like at school in the classroom and on the playground.  Each Friday a class Award is presented to one student displaying these positive actions at the Assembly.  Outlined below are the Term 3 and Term 4 weekly focus areas:


TERM 3

TERM 4

WEEK

FOCUS VALUE

WEEK

FOCUS VALUE

1


1

Being Accepting

2

Being Kind

2

Being Tolerant

3

Being a Good Friend

3

Being Generous of spirit and time

4

Being Patient

4

Being Brave

5

Being Resilient

5

Being Gentle and Calm

6

Being Compassionate and Caring

6

Being Thankful + showing Gratitude

7

Being a Good Listener

7

Being a Good Role Model

8

Being Inclusive- including others in your games

8

Being Wise

9

Showing Courage

9

Being Christ-like

10

Being Respectful

10

Living like St Catherine of Siena

For more information visit the KidsMatter primary website.

Anti-bullying through Song:  Sydney Catholic Schools project Authentic Learning through the Performing Arts (ALPA) connects Music, Drama and Dance with other key learning areas in the curriculum including English, Mathematics and Science. It was launched at the beginning of 2016. Seven primary and secondary schools will took part in eight demonstration projects throughout the year. Each of the projects links a unit of work in Science, English, History, Religious Education and PDHPE to a performing arts subject. Each project was filmed by a teacher (and in some cases students) from another school to create quality videos which demonstrate authentic learning in action. These will be made available to other teachers as a professional learning tool. Our school was lucky enough to be involved in the project below:

• St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary Prestons, filmed by Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood                                                                 Click on the image below to read more about this.   Article: Anti-bullying through Song

https://aboutcatholicschools.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/anti-bullying-through-song/
PDHPE & Music: Year 3 students use Spotify to create a playlist on their mobile devices that reflects a variety of emotional states and promotes caring and respectful relationships.