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 they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support 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.
The Clancy Program
Our Pastoral Care system – the Clancy Program – reflects the very best practice in care for the development and wellbeing of young people. Through weekly Pastoral Care lessons, the program aims to:
- foster a sense of belonging
- actively promote acceptance of the individual and individual differences, and
- encourage responsibility.
The program includes a Peer Support Training Program where Year 10 students assist Year 7 students making the transition to secondary school education. Students also benefit from a vertically grouped House System where students work together across cohorts while fostering links to their House Patron and College values.
A full time college counsellor is available to support and advise students in dealing with the various dimensions of adolescence, school and family life and, where necessary, to refer students and their families to other support agencies.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.
- Kids Helpline
- Student Wellbeing Hub – Department of Education
- Anti Bullying – Department of Education
- Be You
- Parent Line NSW
- Family and Community Services Helpline: 133 627
- NSW Health: (02) 9391 9000