For Students

St Mary’s actively promotes a healthy, supportive and secure environment for all children. Student welfare is a shared responsibility between home, school and the community. The school has implemented programs to encourage positive social behaviours and problem-solving skills. These programs include: Buddies, Anti-Bullying, Student Awards and Environmental Stewardship.

School 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.

St Mary's school leadership team is made up of School Captains, House Captains, Year 6 Religious Education Leaders and iCentre Monitors, Environmental Leaders and the Student Representative Council, which is made up of students from Years 2 to 6. Some of the responsibilities they share are welcoming key visitors, outreach programs, joining appropriate committees, delivering special occasion addresses, organising sports and swimming carnival cheers and demonstrating school spirit.

Whole-school Reward System
Students are recognised for positive behaviours on the playground and in their classrooms through whole-school reward system using green cards or Class Dojos. Students are formally acknowledged at school assemblies upon receipt of Silver and Gold Awards. It is the class teachers responsibility to arrange these awards for Friday Assembly. See Appendix for images of each Award.

Buddies
The care that our students demonstrate towards each other enhances the learning environment at St Mary’s. Children in Kindergarten, Year One and Year 2 have an older ‘buddy’ from Primary grades to care for and support them.

Student Health and Wellbeing
Our children are encouraged to play actively and creatively. Students are given the opportunity to represent the school at sporting events such as Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Soccer, AFL Rugby Union, Tennis, Cricket, Netball and Basketball. The school has a Healthy Canteen that is open for lunch five days a week.