At St Bernadette’s, the wellbeing of our students is viewed as integral to learning excellence and ultimately overall health and life success.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.“
At St Bernadette’s, the wellbeing of our students is viewed as integral to learning excellence and ultimately overall health and life success. Wellbeing underpins everything we do and is enacted through our schools vision, policies and programs. It is fostered through environments that are safe, supportive and inclusive. St Bernadette’s implements the prep to six program, Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships. This program was designed to develop students social, emotional and relationship skills. Learning experiences are provided to promote resilience, build self-esteem and improve social and emotional competencies.
All staff at St Bernadette’s are trained to use the Restorative Practice approach to support the children in maintaining positive relationships. Restorative conversations are discussions that use questions and provide opportunity to listen to other points of view whilst promoting reflection, problem solving, and repairing harm. The focus becomes less on laying blame and giving consequences, rather upon supporting the mistake-maker to take steps to make things better. These conversations, led by a teacher or Learning Support Officer, also create an opportunity for the person harmed to be central to the process of reconciliation.
We honour the role of parents as the first and ongoing educators of their children. Through our partnership with families, each child is supported, empowered and encouraged to flourish.