St. Benedict’s we teach children in all year levels the Feeling Safe Strategy.
This is mandated by Brisbane Catholic Education and is an integral part of our
student protection processes. Teachers use the ’Be a hero when it comes to
your safety.’ posters to discuss the following key ideas regarding
students’ personal safety:
concept of persistence is stressed i.e. students are encouraged to keep talking
until someone listens and something is done to help them feel safe again. All staff
participates in student protection professional learning to assist them to
understand their legal, policy and pastoral responsibilities and to respond
appropriately to student protection concerns. All volunteers are also required
to complete student protection training (see below Student Protection Training for Volunteers).
students of St. Benedict’s, and their safety and wellbeing, are our
priority. St. Benedict’s is committed to the protection of all our students
from harm and abuse.
Benedict’s, any concerns or reasonable suspicions we have about a student’s
safety and wellbeing or the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer which a
student considers to be inappropriate, will continue to be managed in
accordance with Brisbane
Catholic Education Student Protection Processes.
Catholic Education has published a Complaints
Procedure for Non-Compliance with BCE Student Protection Processes.
Parents or students may make a complaint via the Record of Complaint about Non-compliance with Brisbane Catholic
Education Student Protection Processes. We take all complaints very seriously
and will handle them in accordance with the Complaints Procedure for
Non-Compliance with BCE Student Protection Processes. Should you require
information or assistance regarding the procedures you may contact the school
or the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Team on 3033 7409.
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, has now
established Family and Child Connect services to provide support to families.
Please make contact with the school if you feel your family may benefit from
contact with a Family and Child Connect Service or a local support service.
and students should talk to the Student Protection Contact, the Principal or
the class teacher if there are any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of
any student or concerns about the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer. We
take all reports seriously and will handle them in accordance with our Student
contact the Principal or Student Protection Contact if you have any
questions or concerns about any matter or require further information about
All of the above documentation and forms can be accessed on Brisbane Catholic Education's public website www.bne.catholic.edu.au. Under the 'Students and Parents' tab select 'Student Protection' from the drop down menu.
Our Student Protection Contacts are:
Brisbane Catholic Education require that all volunteers (parents, grandparents, etc) complete an online Student Protection and Parent Code of Conduct Course even if you have previously completed the course. Please follow this link to information regarding this training.
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. 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.
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: