We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Erskineville provides a positive and safe learning environment that enhances the wellbeing and mental health of all students.
Specific wellbeing initiatives include:
- Peer Support Groups across all grades that help establish friendship networks and develop social skills
- Buddy system between Kindergarten and Year 5 students
- Positive Behaviour Recognition through awards given each week at assembly.
The school motto, Learning To Live, is incorporated into the school’s Positive Behaviour for Learning (SPBL) to challenge the students to ‘Be Compassionate, Be Safe, Be a Learner’ with Boris the Bee as the school mascot. Through SPBL lessons and acknowledgement of positive behaviours, students are taught self-discipline, self-regulation and respect for others.
St. Mary’s is fortunate to have a school counsellor available to assist students and parents through difficult times. The school counsellor works with individual and small groups of students.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.