Student Wellbeing and Pastoral Care
Our vision statement challenges us to create a learning community based on Gospel values. A fundamental aim of our school is to assist students in their spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional development and to recognise the worth, dignity and uniqueness of every person. We acknowledge that we all bring special qualities and gifts to share. Our aim is to maintain a setting which promotes personal growth and fosters positive self-esteem for all. We are committed to ensuring an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected and where individual differences are appreciated, understood and accepted. Our Student Wellbeing Team, headed by the Student Wellbeing Coordinator, works with staff, parents and students to oversee our wellbeing agenda.
Our approach to behaviour management is based on the restorative approach which aims to use active and empathic listening, develop rapport among all participants and, when incidents occur, to empower them to find solutions which repair damage done to relationships and make things right.
We follow the National Safe Schools Framework in addressing issues of bullying and implement strategies that create a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
Social And Emotional Learning (SEL)
“SEL is the process for integrating thinking, feeling and behaviour to achieve important social/life tasks, meet personal and social needs and develop the skills necessary to become a productive, contributing member of society.” (Catholic Education Office Melborne, 2006).
Linking SEL with the the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
The following VELS areas of our curriculum promote the understandings and skills of SEL:
Health and Physical Education
Civics and Citizenship
In keeping with our Christian ethos and The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, we explicitly teach the values of respect, caring and consideration, kindness, friendliness, courage, responsibility, determination, honesty, assertiveness and acceptance.
We believe that directly teaching these values, improves relationships, helps us to know ourselves and others, enables good decision-making, promotes ethical behaviour and increases understanding and acceptance of other people.
Initiatives at Our Lady of the Pines that enhance Wellbeing and SEL
Religious Education program
National Safe Schools (anti-bullying) program
Student leadership program including the Student Representative Council (SRC)
Buddy system (Prep & Year 6, Year 1 & Year 5)/peer support program
‘You Can Do It’ Student Achievement Program
Seasons grief and loss program