All Australian schools should be safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities which promote student wellbeing. Wellbeing affects most aspects of what students do at school and includes a positive mood and attitude, resilience and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences at school.
Our Catholic school communities take proactive whole-school approaches to developing effective wellbeing practices and policies including those for student safety, mental health and pastoral care. Each diocesan school is required to develop its own Pastoral Care Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy and related practices that emphasise the importance of student wellbeing as a pre-requisite for effective learning in all school settings, inclusive of the creation of learning environments which are free from bullying, harassment, aggression and violence.
The Catholic Schools Office is committed to the Healthy Children Initiative (HCI) which is a primary school program which includes Crunch&Sip® and Live, Life, Well @ School (LLWatS).
Schools have an important role in developing and supporting children's healthy eating and physical activity habits. Each school supports the program by:
- Encouraging staff to utilise resources, attend training and implement any programs/activities recommended
- Encouraging parents and children within the school to participate in program-related activities
- Acting as a role model in promoting the programs messages
- Participating in telephone interviews
Drug Education is taught in primary and secondary schools in the diocese as part of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) programs from Kindergarten to Year 12. The PDHPE syllabuses outline the drug education knowledge, skills and understanding that are to be taught to all students from K-12.