Effective relationships are at the core of quality teaching and learning. Research suggests that students who are socially and emotionally competent, having well-developed relationship skills and social awareness, experience improved learning outcomes.
The principles of Restorative Justice underpin our student wellbeing processes and practices. An individual’s dignity and wellbeing are paramount, respecting the desire and importance of connection in relationship with others.
St Francis School uses a multifaceted approach to wellbeing, employing the services of:
During Circle Time students:
Every class participates in Circle Time. The format of Circle Time depends on the concept to be covered and the needs of the students.
Circle Time sessions include:
The principles of Restorative Justice underpin the wellbeing processes and practices at St Francis School. We believe that by using Restorative Practices, we are strengthening the connections between relationships and learning.
At St Francis, our aim is to give those most affected by conflict the strategies needed to resolve problems and build relationships. Working restoratively, students are encouraged to name the hurt they have caused. We assist the students to develop a personal responsibility for their behaviour with a focus on restoring broken relationships.
What Restorative Practices look like at St Francis School:
St Francis School is supported by the Australian Government with the provision of a School Chaplain under the National School Chaplaincy Program. Helen Wilsdon-Smith is available to support students, parents and staff in her role as School Chaplain.
The program aims to support students through the provision of pastoral care services and the promotion of strategies that support the resilience and emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community.
Pastoral care is defined in the Agreement with the Commonwealth as:
“the practice of looking after the personal needs of students, not just their academic needs, through the provision of general spiritual and personal advice.”
This initiative expands our capacity for pastoral care for our community. Students, staff and parents are free to 'pop in' for a chat or make an appointment with the School Chaplain. The NSCP is available on a voluntary basis to all members of our community.
The position of School Chaplain is complemented by the role of Assistant to the Principal in Identity and Mission (APRIM) and Wellbeing Co-ordinator. It provides an additional resource to holistically support the ‘whole person’, families, staff and the wider community with matters related to ethics, religious beliefs, isolation, harassment, bullying, family breakdown, human relationships, economic hardship, illness and bereavement.
We employ a collaborative approach to wellbeing working with the School Chaplain, the Centacare Counsellor, Teaching staff, Leadership Team and the Student Mentoring Program.
Underpinning the role of the School Chaplaincy Program is working towards hope in all situations that present themselves.
Christian Meditation is an ancient form of prayer. Its aim is to bring the distracted mind to silence and stillness and rest in the presence of God.
At St Francis, we practice Christian Meditation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:40 until 11:50am.
For more information on the contemplative practice of Christian Meditation, please visit: www.cominghome.org.au