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.
School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning (SPBL) is an evidence-based approach that provides a framework for a school and its community to promote student safety and create teaching and learning environments that enable students to be healthy, happy, engaged and successful.
Our school implemented this program in 2017 with our WAVE Expectations
Everyone is safe
Lessons on these expectations are taught in all classes at regular opportunities throughout the year. Students are rewarded with tokens for demonstrating these expectations across all settings of the school. They earn Bronze, Silver and Gold ribbons and have their names published in the newsletter. They then achieve a gold pin and have lunch with the principal.
St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School Brighton-Le-Sands 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 St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School Brighton-Le-Sands 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.