Student Wellbeing

Student welfare is paramount for a harmonious and productive school life.  At St John the Baptist we abide by a Diocesan Pastoral Care Plan with due consideration given to local circumstances and the families which we service.  

Wellbeing is an important part of the education of the whole child at SJB. Many programs are in place to ensure that each child is emotionally and physically safe, cared for and nurtured.

Some of the programs that are in place for students to access are:

KidsMatter

KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

KidsMatter Primary provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning is a whole school program where students are explicitly taught the school rules in a positive way through role play, group discussions, workshops and reward systems.

Student Representative Council

The student representative council meets regularly giving the students the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to school life by voicing their ideas. Their ideas, once discussed amongst the group are then presented to the school leadership team to be considered for implementation in the school. This collaborative approach allows the students to develop a sense of ownership of the school. 

Mini Vinnies

Mini Vinnies is a program designed for groups of primary school students who are interested in social justice. Mini Vinnies students get together within their school to help those in need within their school, local or international community. This program is organised and is led by Mrs Harrison.

The Awareness Examen

Each day the children experience The Awareness Examen at 1.30pm. This is a prayer which helps us to become more aware of God’s presence in our day. During it we reflect upon our experiences of the day, and ask for the Grace to be able to recognise God in them. This prayer can become a central element in the life of a busy person, helping us to find God in our ordinary activities. It has FIVE steps or areas for reflection:

1. Thanksgiving

2. Asking for Insight

3. Looking at My Day

4. We Ask Forgiveness

5. Looking forward

These five points are only a guide to help us; we may do them in a different order, or we may on occasion spend more time on one point (e.g. Thanksgiving). The important thing is to spend some time each day reflecting on our experience so that we may experience “see” the Lord in our lives.

Mindfulness

Each term, the students attend a half hour workshop which provides them with some simple tools to help with anxiety, building confidence and understanding their emotions.  The aim of this workshop is to assist the children with building a healthy body and mind through increased body awareness and simple self-calming techniques. The children learn how to use their breath to remain calm in stressful situations, muscle relaxation (great to help with sleep), and affirmations / visualisations for building self-esteem. Parents are also given the opportunity to attend a session each term.

Buddy Program for Kindergarten

Each new Kindergarten student meets their Year Six buddy before they start school during the Kinder Yana Program. The Year Six buddies guide the Kindergarten students in their first experiences of school. They help their new Kinder friends to grow in confidence and independence in their first year of school.

Extra-Curricular/Break Activities

Students are offered Break Clubs each day as a way of tapping into their interests and communicating effectively with others in a supervised situation.  Some lunch clubs offered this year are:  choir, guitar, K-2 Art Club, 3-6 Art Club, Dance Troupe, Drawing Station, the Relaxation Station, Snoozy Tuesday, Origami Club, Science Club, Chess Club, SWEL Team, Ukulele Group, Band, Farm and Debating.

Parents are encouraged to discuss these extra-curricular activities with their child. The times for these activities vary each week as teachers have playground duties to fulfil and volunteer their time for these activities. These activities are announced each morning and can be found on the student notice board under the COLA.

Our happy playground

 

 

Diocese of Broken Bay (www.dbb.org.au)

21a Dulkara Road, Woy Woy
NSW, Australia 2256
Phone 02 4341 0884
sjbww@dbb.catholic.edu.au

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