The Pastoral Care of our students, parents and staff is a priority within the religious dimension of the St. Benedict’s Community. When we as a community are mindful of the needs of each other, our children, parents and staff will flourish. The role of our Pastoral Coordinator is to support students, families and staff in a pastoral setting ,being a companion, listening and at times offering direction to address specific needs. Together we create a community that truly cares and values one another. The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has contributed funding to the Chaplaincy/Student Welfare services through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program.
The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to work collaboratively with the school community to promote and foster the wellbeing and mental health of all students. This includes developing and facilitating programs that promote student wellbeing, providing guidance to families regarding student needs and providing psycho-educational assessment to identify educational and learning needs of the student population.
The Guidance works in collaborative partnership with the students, teachers, school officers, leadership team, STIE: P-3, STIE: 3-6 and parents of St Benedict’s Primary School and additionally with external consultants and members of the wider BCE community.
St Benedict’s also offers a range of programs which help children to cope with difficult life situations and to develop effective social and emotional core competencies. The Australian curriculum requires that social emotional education is embedded in the wider curriculum across all year levels. Some of these programs include:
Kidsmatter: St. Benedict’s is proud to be a Kidsmatter school. In 2011 our school community adopted the KidsMatter Framework to support our student’s mental health including their social emotional well-being and behaviour at school. KidsMatter provides the proven methods, tools and support to help schools, parents and carers, health services and the wider community nurture happy, balanced kids. There is strong evidence that KidsMatter also has benefits for children’s learning.
Program Achieve - You Can Do It: Program Achieve - You Can Do It is a whole school program that supports the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities, including: Confidence (academic, social), Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along, and Resilience. Central to the development of these 5 Foundations is instilling in our students 12 Habits of the Mind including Accepting Myself, Taking Risks , Being Independent, I can do it, Giving Effort , Working Tough, Setting Goals, Planning My Time, Being Tolerant of others, Thinking First, Playing By the Rules and Social Responsibility. The main focus in Program Achieve is on building the social, emotional and motivational capacity of young people rather than on focusing on their problems and deficits.
Socially Speaking: Socially Speaking teaches children how to develop positive social skills and how to transfer these skills to everyday life. Children in Years 2 – 4 learn skills such as, how to communicate, how to make friends, how to cooperate and how to get along with others.
Exploring Feelings: Exploring Feelings is a program that teaches children to know and manage their feelings. They develop a toolkit of strategies for use in a variety of situations.
Seasons: Seasons is a program specifically designed to help children navigate experiences of grief and loss. It helps children to understand that their feelings are very normal and teaches them strategies of how to cope with these changes in their lives.
Drumbeat: Drumbeat uses music to engage children in learning, to teach social skills and build self-esteem. Children are engaged in experiential learning where they cooperate together to make music as a group and work towards developing healthy social interactions and connections.