At St. Joan of Arc, we have a whole school approach to student wellbeing. We encourage each student to have a sense of connectedness and belonging. Students who are happy, secure and have positive relationships with others are able to succeed at school and are able to grow as a whole person.
Student Wellbeing is addressed in some of the following ways:
• Building of positive relationships between students, staff and parents
• Social and Emotional Learning program – “You Can Do It” social skills program
• Regular Circle Time in each classroom
• Providing stimulating learning environment where every child can succeed
• Providing leadership opportunities
• Awards and acknowledgment of effort and achievement
• Acknowledgment and praise for positive behaviors
• Encourage empathy towards others
• Clear expectation of school rules with a focus on respect for others
• Identifying and supporting children who are at risk – socially, emotionally and academically
• Development of Individual Learning Plans
• You Can Do It program to reinforce social and emotional learning skills
• Communication with parents of children who are at risk
• Individual Behaviour Management Plans
• Providing support services for at risk children e.g. referrals to psychologists and speech therapists
• Regular Program Support Group meetings for parents, teachers and specialists
• Seasons program for children experiencing loss and grief
• Regular social skills support for children experiencing conflict with peers
• Support from external professionals to guide programming for at risk students
• Restoring relationships between students after conflict and difficulties
We listen to and speak politely to each other.
We allow others to work quietly.
We move around the school in a safe manner.
We wear the correct school uniform at all times.
We treat others with respect.
Everyone is allowed to join in our game.
We respect our school environment and other people’s belongings.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)
Social and Emotional Learning is vital at St. Joan of Arc. It is the process through which we learn to recognise and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviours.
These are essential life skills that support wellbeing and positive mental health. Social and emotional skills promote children’s ability to cope with difficulties and help prevent mental health problems.
Social and Emotional Learning is the process for integrating thinking, feeling and behaviour to achieve important social/life tasks, meet personal and social needs and develop the skills necessary to become a productive member of society. All staff at St. Joan of Arc are trained to facilitate the “You Can Do It” program and view this as an integral part of your child’s education.
5 MAIN COMPETENCIES
Self – Management
Managing emotions and behaviours to achieve one’s goals
Self – Awareness
Recognising one’s emotions and values as well as one’s strengths and limitations
Responsible Decision Making
Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behaviour
Showing understanding and empathy for others
Forming positive relationships, working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict
Social and Emotional competencies are developed at St. Joan of Arc through:
Regular circle time in each classroom
You Can Do It social skills program
Regular social skilling activities
Positive role modelling