We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
The wellbeing of our students is our highest priority at St Patrick’s College Sutherland. We pride ourselves on our nurturing environments where each student’s full educational, spiritual, physical and social potential may be realised.
Our students participate in an all inclusive pastoral care program that is tailored to address current and relevant issues that influence each year group. They actively build their knowledge and skills which are essential in navigating their world around complex issues such as the transition to high school, mental health, cyber safety and positive relationships.
The wellbeing of our students is overseen by a caring team of pastoral care teachers and where needed we source the support of external service providers.
Developing a sense of belonging is essential to wellbeing, and it is through structures such as the peer support program, and events such as sports competitions at lunchtime, that this is fostered.
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.