At St. Patrick’s we believe that developing the wellbeing of our students is central to our role as a school.  

The social, emotional, moral, spiritual and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to their success in school and their future lives. Students who are socially and emotionally resilient are able to deal positively with life’s challenges, and are well placed to develop into well-balanced and successful adults.

A culture of positivity, reinforcement and encouragement permeates

all aspects of our school and reflects the school vision statement:

With Christ before us;

Aspiring to reach our full potential.

With Christ beside us;

Encouraging a community of respect.

With Christ behind us;

Celebrating our achievements

At St. Patrick’s we aim to:
  • create a positive school environment in which all staff assume responsibility for the wellbeing of all students
  • develop strategies and policies that will support students to build a greater degree of resilience and have an enhanced sense of responsibility for their learning
  • provide a safe, supportive, happy and equitable learning environment for all students
  • build positive relationships between students, staff and families
  • develop the social and emotional competencies of self awareness, social awareness, self management, relationship skills and responsible decision making in our students
Bounce Back - is a preventative whole-school social and emotional learning program that focuses on wellbeing and resilience. It teaches children the skills and attitudes to help them become more resilient. Bounce Back uses children’s literature as a starting point for discussions and follow-up activities. Weekly Bounce Back lessons are timetabled in each class and Circle Time is often incorporated into these lessons. Bounce Back lessons are taught by the classroom teacher, or in the case of a shared class, the teacher who spends the most time with the class.

Peaceful Kids - St. Patrick’s School will run ‘Peaceful Kids’ on a needs basis. ‘Peaceful Kids’ is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children. It is a program that runs for 8 weeks for a small group of students and is led by a Peaceful Kids trained leader.

- The school engages the services of onPysch to provide a qualified psychologist for access by students. Students can be referred by teachers or parents. Parents can access the service free of charge for up to ten sessions per calendar year by requesting a mental health plan from their G.P.

Buddy System - St. Patrick’s is part of the Better Buddies program developed by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. The program is designed to support children in their first year of school through working with older students as role models. Once a fortnight the Preps meet with their senior buddies to work on pre-planned activities.

Seasons - Seasons is a peer support program for young people who have experienced loss and change, because of death, separation or divorce, within the family unit. It offers young people support and encouragement in this crucial time of their lives. Seasons is offered at times of need.

Lunchtime clubs
During lunchtimes there are a range of clubs held in our library that are offered to students who would prefer an alternative to outdoor play. These clubs will be reviewed by the student leadership group annually and may include options such as Chess Club, Drawing Club, Lego Club, Games Club and Knitting Club.