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'We acknowledge that education in the 21st Century must cater for the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral, social and emotional wellbeing of each member of our school community.'

St John’s Wellbeing Vision, 2014

Current research recognises that schools are key places for the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. Wellbeing frameworks, incentives and programs highlight the links between student wellbeing, the school community and improved learning outcomes. Children learn best when their wellbeing is enhanced through providing safe and effective learning environments that foster individual potential in partnership with the school community.

Child Safe

St John’s School is committed to maintaining a Child Safe environment for all of our children. Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety reads in part:

St John’s School, Clifton Hill, holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of all Catholic educators. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and
the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.

St John’s School, Clifton Hill, is resolutely committed to ensuring that all those working in our school, whether in a paid or volunteer capacity, promote the inherent dignity of children and young people and their fundamental right to be respected and nurtured in a safe school environment. This is particularly so for the most vulnerable children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with a disability.

St John’s School, Clifton Hill, recognises that we have a moral, legal and mission-driven responsibility to create nurturing school environments where children and young people are respected, their voices are heard and where they are safe and feel safe.

A full version of this Statement, the Code of Conduct for Staff, and the school’s Child Safe Policy can be found here.

A Culture of Wellbeing in a Catholic School Promotes:

  • a positive sense of self in relationship with God and others
  • a sense of optimism and confidence in one’s ability to influence the world for the common good
  • structures, policies, procedures and initiatives that reflect the school’s vision and mission, informed by a strong evidence base and supported through effective leadership
  • fostering of parent and community partnerships to maximise student outcomes
  • teaching and learning that provides meaningful opportunities to enhance student engagement, connectedness and belonging
  • the belief that wellbeing is integral to learning
  • the development of social and emotional learning skills to enable students to flourish

Student Wellbeing Leader

St John’s is funded by the Catholic Education Office to employ a Student Wellbeing Leader one day a week to coordinate programs and professional learning for teachers and the school community, implement strategies, promote wellbeing and be a contact person for St John’s.

Our Student Wellbeing Leader is currently Ann Nolan anolan@sjcliftonhill.catholic.edu.au

School Counsellor

St John’s is very fortunate to have Tess Sibbel working one day a week as our school counsellor. To find out more about our school counselling services, visit Meet Our Counsellor.