Wellbeing

At School of the Good Shepherd the focus on the wellbeing of our students permeates all aspects of school life.


We aim to promote an optimal learning environment where students feel safe and supported. We draw inspiration from and model values which are consistent with the Gospel teachings of Jesus. We strive towards creating a culture that is inclusive, respectful and helps students to feel confident and connected.   

At School of The Good Shepherd, we strive to promote Christian Values, positive relationships, a welcoming feeling and open door policy, connectedness to peers, confidence, a sense of community, belonging and engagement. We establish strong partnerships with homes and access a wide range of services for families outside school.  

 

The Wellbeing of our students if fostered through:

  • School Wide Behavior: The school uses a Management plan based on a restorative practices approach to conflict management and relationship restoration
  • A strong focus on Social and Emotional Learning through utilizing a variety of programs including 101 Ways to Teach Children Social Skills, Bounce Back, You Can DO IT, Healthy Relationships and Circle Time.  
  • Peer Mediation administered by the senior students for children during break times.  
  • A Student Representative Council action team bringing the student voice to life and taking action in our local community. 
  • Our Student Buddy Program which promotes a strong sense of community. Year prep students are paired up with year five students.  This initiative creates strong leadership qualities in the older children and provides additional support during break times for the younger children.      
  • Student Wellbeing Support Group meetings where the Student Wellbeing leader together with the Special Needs leader meet with classroom teachers to identify those children who require extra assistance within the classroom.   Referrals may be needed to access further support through the Catholic Education Office/OnPsych/Cairnmiller  within the areas of Psychology, Speech Pathology or Educational Academic support.
  • Parent Support Group Meetings where the Special Needs leader and the classroom teacher meet with parents of children with special needs to discuss and monitor learning plans.   
  • SoGS Clubs For Kids which provide a variety additional activities for students during break times.  Some of these include passive play activities such as Reading, Chess or Meditation and  more active activities such as Gardening, Board Games, Dance, Minecraft or Lego Construction.
  • Wellbeing Focus Groups: small groups of children targeting specific needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder - social skills development, Anger Management, Anxiety Management, Seasons - grief and loss, Higher Order, Thinking Skills, Australian Maths Problem Solving Group (APSMO) and ENGQUEST.