Student Wellbeing Policy


RATIONALE

The Student Wellbeing program at St Kevin’s contributes to the fulfillment of this Vision statement, as we endeavour to cater for the educational, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of all students in our care.  There is a commitment to Student Wellbeing with a designated Student Wellbeing Leader. There are specific programs focusing on the development of relationships that assist students to feel connected within the school and wider community. Structures are in place to enhance wellbeing, develop social skills, support students at risk and to ensure that St Kevin's is a safe school for all. 

 

AIMS

To acknowledge the worth of all members of the community and their right to work and learn in a positive environment

To provide a happy, safe and equitable learning environment for all students

To promote the values as outlined in our vision statement

  • To give students opportunities to develop relationships with peers, teachers and across different levels of the school
  • To provide opportunities for all students to learn and practise social skills and develop skills to solve social problems
  • To provide support for students and parents e.g. Providing resources, linking with community agencies and help in times of crisis

IMPLEMENTATION

The well-being leader reviews and audits school practices to make plans for the implementation of student wellbeing programs and policies throughout the school.  

 

STUDENT WELLBEING PROGRAMS

Senior Leadership

The students in Year 5 are taught leadership skills and experiences. The school uses a variety of resources and programs as an induction of skills, with children working through activities selected by the teacher that match areas of need identified by the Senior Team.

For the Year 6 students, the school has developed fluid leadership groups that the children participate in each term. The structure is tight so that it is very clear to students what they are working on to achieve. At the beginning of the year, leadership groups are established based on the current needs of the school.

 

SRC

The SRC has been established:

  • To increase student engagement in school life
  • To build leadership skills and capacity
  • To give students a voice in school decisions

SRC members are, in general, elected by a vote. The school, however, recognises that students need guidance in their decisions and that teachers have an important role to play in ensuring that opportunity is broad and appropriate character is developed and represented on the SRC.

 

Buddies

A ‘Buddy Program exists between the Year 6 students and Prep students. Year 6 students introduce themselves to their Prep buddy via a letter sent in the January holidays and continue giving support on the yard and in the form of structured, regular sessions throughout the year.

 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social emotional learning is based on the CEM Guidelines, SEL in Catholic School Communities. The scope and sequence chart links the Victorian Curriculum area of Interpersonal Development to the five core competencies of SEL:  Self-awareness, Social awareness, Self-management, Responsible decision-making and Relationship skills. 

Circle Time

Circle Time is a strategy used in classrooms for teaching SEL, enabling teachers to focus on building social relationships within the class and reinforce the Values Program. 

 

School Based Counseling

The school has a counselling program which is provided by a private school counselor. Referrals can be made from parents or teachers and need to be made via the Princiapl or Student Wellbeing Leader. Counselling sessions happen on a weekly basis or as the need arises.