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.
We are committed to a holistic approach which develops each facet of the child – spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and a sense of citizenship.
Our approach to behaviour management and pastoral care is viewed as an opportunity for learning. Our Organic Learning framework fosters a growth mindset in students, and nurtures an understanding that we can all grow in our learning even if we can’t do everything yet. Our transdisciplinary units of work have a very strong focus on helping students to develop empathy. When we see something from another’s point of view, we are able to problem solve more effectively.
At St Mel’s we promote a sense of equity rather than equality. This means that each individual is treated in a way that nurtures their specific needs and enhances their capacity to learn and grow.
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.