The Student Wellbeing Team
Our Student Wellbeing Team is made up of the Principal, the Assistant Principal, the Student Wellbeing Leader (who is also a qualified counsellor) and the Special Needs Leader. ( All members are also members of the Leadership Team at Holy Cross School ) The Student Wellbeing Team meets every fortnight to discuss student referrals, whereby we explore how best we can support students through school based programs, counselling or referrals to outside agencies and specialists. It is also at these meetings where any Wellbeing initiatives we are planning to implement will also be discussed.
Social and Emotional LearningSocial and Emotional Learning is the process in which we learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviours . (Ellias et al.1997)
Evidence based research has proven that schools play a vital role in the promotion of wellbeing in children and young people. Students who are happy, confident and able to establish meaningful relationships are better placed to achieve positive learning outcomes. The link between the promotion of wellbeing and learning outcomes is clear. Furthermore, evidence based research states that positive learning outcomes occur, when delivered through a framework of SEL approaches. Together they provide the grounding for future healthy relationships, an optimistic thinking style, a resilient attitude to life’s “up’s and down’s” and a successful life.
At Holy Cross school we use an integrated approach to the teaching of SEL. CIRCLE TIME is used throughout the school to teach SEL through fun games and activities, which promote empathy, resilience, tolerance, inclusion and forgiveness, along with many other gospel values which come from our Religious Education Program and integrate easily into the teaching of SEL. Our Making Jesus Real Program is yet another way the teaching of SEL is integrated within the wider curriculum.