Wellbeing is integral to learning excellence and ultimately to overall health and life success.
– Catholic Education Melbourne, Horizons of Hope, Foundation Statement: Wellbeing in a Catholic School.
The wellbeing landscape of the Catholic school incorporates all aspects of school community life from students’ physical, intellectual, moral, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and development to the safe and supportive environment in which they learn.
At Sacred Heart we value the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. We embed SEL throughout our curriculum and utilise many strategies including the Berry Street Educational Model in our day-to-day practices and routines.
The embedding of restorative justice practices into our policies, procedures and interactions is a whole school commitment to quality relationships.
- It establishes a philosophy and a set of practices that reflect a commitment to inclusiveness and collaborative problem solving.
- It provides our school with strategies to manage students with challenging behaviours while maintaining the respect and dignity of all parties.
As a philosophy, Restorative Justice provides schools with a framework of management that moves away from the traditional punitive response. While still providing limits and consequences it looks for ways to repair the damaged relationships and improve existing relationships.
Restorative Practices in Catholic School communities such as Sacred Heart School are focussed on helping young people become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others through personal accountability and learning from a conflict situation. An important component is restoring the harm but still following through with consequences for the student(s).
Using restorative practices at our School means that students, teachers and parents will work collaboratively to develop solutions to misbehaviour, thus the benefits are real as they will be evident in the student/teacher, student/student, parent/teacher interactions and in the respectful, positive school climate that is felt and seen by all.
Sacred Heart embraces the belief that children and young people have the capacity to achieve their full potential when their wellbeing is nurtured in faith-filled learning environments that are safe, inclusive and respectful.
– Catholic Education Melbourne, eXcel: Wellbeing for Learning.