Teaching & Learning - Wellbeing

Wellbeing is critical to success for students and families. At St Luke's we work to implement our shared community values and to build a culture which highlights these values of Respect, Care and Compassion, Responsibility, Honesty and Trustworthiness and Doing our Best. We provide a safe and supportive environment and build positive relationships with all community members. Gospel messages underpin our daily practice, policies, teaching and learning strategies and behavioural expectations for each individual in our school community.

Each year staff, classes, School Board and Parents Association develop charters to outline their expectations of working together to develop a positive community culture. Our shared values are articulated within the charters and promoted throughout daily school life. We work in partnership with parents and through school activities we build connectedness to school for all community members. Parent involvement is valued and encouraged as our students benefit from the combined commitment of the school/home partnership. We aim to develop in students their ability to develop positive relationships and to manage their behaviour. Through our classroom experiences, student’s personal and interpersonal skills, independence and team work are developed together with goal setting and reflection opportunities. The Social and Emotional Learning program supports students in developing strategies to develop relationships, social communication and resilience.

The whole school community have established clear rules about expected behaviours and there are consistent practices and consequences for inappropriate behaviour that may hinder positive relationships. While we are proactive in supporting students to develop skills that build social competence and self esteem, bullying is explicitly discussed and students are encouraged to report bullying behaviours. Action is taken as directed in our school policies for addressing bullying behaviours and behaviour management.

Our Social and Emotional Learning program (Positive Education) draws together all elements of the Wellbeing focus at St Luke’s and aims to skill students in developing positive language and resilience. Individual needs are catered for within each classroom by differentiating the curriculum to cater for each students’ interests and abilities. Within classroom experiences, opportunities are presented to assist the development of learning according to individual student need. The Student Services Leader works with classroom teachers to develop Individual Learning Plans for students requiring support academically, socially or emotionally. Program Support Teams including teachers and parents meet regularly to develop, implement and monitor the Individual Learning Plan for students.

Intervention programs further assist identified students across the school. Consultants from the Catholic Education Office such as Speech Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Curriculum Advisors provide advice on the implementation and monitoring of the students with an Individual Learning Plan.