Student Wellbeing

Pastoral Care

St. Mary’s has an excellent reputation for Pastoral Care. We demonstrate this through our commitment to loving, supporting and caring for each other in our school community.

“Pastoral care refers to action taken within a school to promote and enhance personal, social, physical, emotional,  mental and spiritual wellbeing.   Optimal wellbeing is characterised by positive feelings and attitude, positive relationships with others, resilience and satisfaction with self and experiences  and engagement in learning.”

Taken from: The Pastoral Care and Wellbeing for Learning Framework, Diocese of Broken Bay

Here at St Mary’s, as members of a faith-centered community, we have a commitment to the wellbeing and pastoral care of each of our students and community members. We demonstrate this through our support, love and care for each other in our school community.

We have a shared understanding that wellbeing is dynamic and integral to positive learning outcomes.

We focus on Social and Emotional Learning  (SEL) – the attributes and strengths that teach and support our students to grow and learn from the challenges and complexities of everyday interactions.
(Link to SEL continuum)

We achieve this through a multidimensional and interrelated approach using Framework of KidsMatter

Positive Behaviours for Learning, which underpins the behavioural expectations for all students

School Values of Honesty, Compassion, Respect, Service, Justice, Hope and Courage the important pillars that guide our every day actions and interactions

Student Leadership and Student Representation – incorporating the views and perspectives of our students throughout the different stages of development

We consider the wellbeing of our students as vital to their present as well as equipping them for their future.