Children have the capacity to achieve their full potential when their wellbeing is nurtured in faith-filled learning environments that are safe, inclusive and respectful. – eXcel; Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools
St Monica’s School is committed to creating the values of safety, responsibility and respect throughout our learning community.
A whole school approach to support the wellbeing and social and emotional learning of all students includes:
- Weekly, explicit Social and Emotional Learning lessons
- Regular whole class brain breaks and student directed brain breaks
- Positive Behaviour Support Plan
- Restorative Conversations – A reflection sheet may be sent home which requires a parent signature
Learning design assists students to develop Emotional Literacy, Personal Strengths, Positive Coping, Problem Solving, Stress Management, Help Seeking, Gender and Identity and Positive Gender Relationships.
Teaching strategies incorporate evidence-based, trauma-aware teaching, positive education, and wellbeing practices, striving to improve the social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for all students. We support the following:
- Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships
At St Monica’s School, a whole school restorative approach to behaviour management is implemented. This promotes respectful, responsible and safe behaviours and increases positive behaviours. Our behaviour support process involves restorative conversations with staff and school leaders. The completion of a reflection sheet promotes a consistent use of common language, expectations and consequences across the school.
Each semester, a provisional psychologist, from Melbourne University, works with St Monica’s and provides support for students through counselling, social skills groups and psychoeducational assessments. Referrals are made by the class teacher, students, parents or Leadership Team.