WELLBEING

Wellbeing refers to the general state of being happy, feeling safe, having positive relationships with others and striving to do one’s best in a range of activities. Evidence suggests that students’ physical, social and emotional development is integral to learning. If children and young people understand their emotions and have skills in managing these emotions, this has a helpful impact on their learning, on their relationships and on their capacity to function well in society.

At Holy Spirit School we are d
edicated to the development of the whole person fostering Christian values and promoting the dignity and self-worth of each individual. Everyone is important in our school community and we aspire to behave in a way that reflects our school vision of being kind, inclusive, respectful and ready to learn. We strive to create a school culture where a sense of wellbeing and belonging are fostered and one where children’s strengths are celebrated. Jesus teaches us Love one another as I have loved you”.




SCHOOL WIDE EXPECTATIONS

At Holy Spirit School...

We are Kind
We are Inclusive
We are Respectful
We are Learners

These expectations are unpacked and explicitly taught throughout the school year. This way, responsibility for actions can be fostered. These expectations underpin the positive School Expectations Matrix. Helping students to learn effectively and to develop positive attitudes and behaviours are goals that have long been shared by teachers, student support services staff and parents. It requires that each young person is educated in an environment which provides for their individual development. The emphasis for our school wide approach is on primary prevention and early intervention as the most effective means of enhancing the resilience of young people.




OUR PRACTICES


At Holy Spirit School our learning and teaching programs and policies aim to build and promote well-being in various forms.
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) support programs
  • Behaviour Management
  • Anti-bullying and harassment procedures including cyber bullying
  • Support programs and services


POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

At Holy Spirit School, we draw on the science of positive psychology as a framework for building a culture of best practice teaching and learning.

This involves:
  • explicit teaching of essential life skills such as resilience, grit, perseverance, courage
  • celebrating and drawing on individual character strengths
  • using a ‘growth mindset’ and acknowledging there are learning opportunities which come from failure
  • opportunities for mindfulness and gratitude


PASSIVE PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
At Holy Spirit School, students are given the opportunity to participate in passive play activities during lunch times.