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 all students and staff have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged in their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing and pastoral care support and initiatives 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.
At St Martha’s Catholic Primary School Strathfield we promote student wellbeing through:
- Our social skills and anti-bullying programs. These two programs run across the school in alternate grades promoting respect and responsibility. There is an emphasis on respect of self and of others and their property, as well as on the responsibility of being a member of the St Martha’s Catholic School community and of being a good friend.
- Calm Zones which are provided to enable students to take time out if they need it.
- Our Cool Kids program, which teaches children how to better manage anxiety.
- Buddy programs, which give the senior students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and give Kindergarten students support via a helpful senior friend.