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.

Underpinned by the Values of St Mary Mackillop and St John Baptist De La Salle, the Wellbeing Program focuses on students becoming and feeling truly connected within the Holy Spirit community, building a sense of belonging and resilience.

Our wellbeing program aims to be proactive in providing learning opportunities to develop respectful, independent and motivated young people for future generations. We work in partnership with families to support growth in all students, allowing them to achieve their personal best. 

The Wellbeing Program at Holy Spirit is evidence-based and built upon the five core college values; calling for all members of the faith community to be respectful, reflective, responsible, inquisitive and aspirational individuals. This involves respect for self, others and the world we live in, taking responsibility for one’s own actions and the affirmation of achievement.

The Wellbeing Program of the college is proactive in the provision of learning opportunities aimed at developing the five core college values and growing lifelong learners who inspire positive change. It aims to develop in each individual:

  • A sense of dignity and worth
  • A sense of personal and social responsibility for his/her actions and decisions
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • A caring attitude towards others based upon a culture of respect and tolerance
  • An ability to form satisfying and lasting relationships
  • A sense of enjoyment and satisfaction from learning.

The program has been embedded into the college awards system and are also used in the student reporting descriptors. Students have the opportunity to progress through Merit Certificates – Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Our program assists students to develop a Growth Mindset, helping them to achieve their academic potential and a love of learning.

A significant focus of the new system being implemented has been around working to better engage families and the wider community. As such, a new position was created at the college: Leader of Learning – Family and Community Relations. In addition, we have appointed a new Leader of Learning – Wellbeing. The wellbeing framework has a very proactive approach, endeavouring to build skills in individuals that will foster reflective and confident students of the 21st century.

Student Wellbeing

The college also has a student counsellor available for appointments from Monday to Wednesday:

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Anti-bullying policy

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.

Support services: