Student Wellbeing

Student wellbeing at our school is a collaborative partnership between staff, parents & carers and our school & parish community, to help make a positive difference for our children’s overall mental health and wellbeing.

KidsMatter

Our Lady Star of the Sea is a KidsMatter school in which student wellbeing permeates all activites in the life of our school. It is the framework for our Student Wellbeing program by providing a flexible, whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Each week children from each class are recognised for their efforts to make our school a better place through their good behaviour. A Kid’s Matter Award is awarded for good behaviour usually in line with the fortnightly school wide behaviour focus.

You can find out more by visiting our KidsMatter page and the KidsMatter website.

Social and emotional competencies

At Our Lady Star of the Sea, positive mental health is paramount, so the children are taught five core social and emotional competencies:

  • self-awareness,
  • social awareness,
  • self-management,
  • relationship skills,
  • responsible decision-making.

Our school’s core values of respect, mission, belonging, learning and faith are also embedded into the curriculum and all aspects of our school community.

Respect

One of our school’s core values centres around RESPECT:

  • Respect for Ourselves,
  • Respect for Others, and
  • Respect for our Environment.

Respect for ourselves and others

We aim to provide the children with life skills that include teaching them to respect themselves and others. This includes developing positive relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion through our “Buddy” and “Peer Support” programs.

Buddy and Peer Support Programme

Our Peer Support Programme gives the children even more tools for their ethical and spiritual toolkits, to apply to the wider world at all possible times. We have structured Buddy programmes and initiatives in place between the preschoolers at our Early Learning Centre onsite as well as between our new Kinder children and the Year 6 students, which we start when the soon to be school leaders are in Yr 5.

Caring for our environment

To help children develop a fuller understanding and appreciation of our environment, a team of interested teachers and students look at ways to care for the school environment. They have embedded activities into the curriculum and take responsibility for looking after our gardens, tree planting, growing vegetables and recycling.