Catholic Education South Australia

Student Wellbeing

We are committed to a restorative culture grounded in our Vision and inspired by Veritas (the desire to seek and embrace truth and justice).


At St Catherine’s we know that every child is unique and develops at a different rate. We believe all students deserve to be part of an environment that nurtures each child to develop to their full potential. At St Catherine’s we provide additional learning experiences enabling all children to  experience a sense of success and well-being.
A strong sense of self, healthy relationships and a safe, secure learning environment are at the heart of our wellbeing in schools. Supporting this for all children is part of our core work at St Catherine’s. We support all children to grow in respect for self, others, teachers, learning and the environment. Our student wellbeing program is grounded in the five core competencies of social and emotional learning: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationships skills and responsible decision making. 
Our wellbeing program involves:
  • Engagement with the principles of Positive Education
  • Age Appropriate social skills programs; including learning about the prevention of bullying and harassment
  • Social skills program “What’s the Buzz Program” written by Mark LeMessurier 
  • Circle time – a vehicle for building positive classroom culture
  • Mindfulness
  • Inclusive Learning

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum provides the framework to teach children and young people to understand ways to keep themselves safe.  It is mandated in all Catholic schools in South Australia and teachers undertake professional learning to implement this important area of the curriculum.

Restorative Practices

"The philosophy and practice of restorative justice in schools is to promote resilience in both the one who is harmed and the one who causes harm. It is about helping young people become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others through personal accountability and being open to learning from conflict situations." Marist Youth Care, Sydney (2004).

It is hoped that consistent use of restorative practices in a school setting will change attitudes and represent a philosophical shift in thinking about students and problem behaviours away from the use of punishment, to the management of situations using a restorative approach.

Restorative Practices is a whole school approach to promoting resilience and aims to contribute to the building of positive relationships in school communities. It is focused on helping young people become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others through personal accountability and learning from a conflict situation. An important component of restorative practices is the focus on restoring relationships after harm has been done.

Our restorative plan for working with individual children provides logical and appropriate stages of intervention that engage all parties (students, families, staff) in developing and maintaining healthy relationships and quality engagement in learning

Restorative Practices Policy

Bullying No Way

Bullying at St Catherine’s is not tolerated in any way shape or form. It is not acceptable and will be dealt with swiftly with all parents being notified immediately (see Restorative practice policy).
At St Catherine’s we have a strong emphasis on focusing on building relationships.
Definition of Bullying (Bullying No Way website)

1. The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says:

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.


2. Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:

  • Mutual arguments and disagreements (where there is no power imbalance)
  • Not liking someone or a single act of social rejection
  • One-off acts of meanness or spite
  • Isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved.


3. Exploring the definition further

Bullying has three main features:
  • It involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • It is ongoing and repeated, and
  • It involves behaviours that can cause harm.
Harassment is repeated, unwanted behavior that is annoying and also involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.
Behaviours can be impolite or rude such as inadvertently saying or doing something that offend someone or forgetting to use our manners.  At other times children can be deliberately mean and purposefully say or do something to hurt another person.  Both these instances can be hurtful and damaging to relationships and can be addressed through restorative processes.  These are not the same as bullying which is intentional and repeated behavior involving and imbalance of power. 
Types of Bullying and Harassment (Physical)
Physical bullying and harassment is any deliberate physical action such as:
  • invading personal space
  • physically harming or making a person feel threatened or offended
  • using another person’s possessions without their consent
  • graffiti or damage to others’ possessions or property
  • commenting negatively on a person’s appearance
Types of Bullying and Harassment (Cyber Bullying)
Cyber bullying and harassment refers to bullying though the use of information communication technologies such as email, text messaging, imessenger, MSN, social networking sites, blogs, chat rooms, etc. to:
  • ake unwanted statements about another person
  • put down others, verbally or with the use of images
  • exclude others
  • imitate, mimic or impersonate others
  • start or participate in the spread of rumours and gossip about another person
  • stalk or harass others
  • post photos of others 
Cyber bullying can include messages, use of offensive images or use of a person’s photo without their permission.
Types of Bullying and Harassment (Emotional / Verbal)
Emotional bullying and harassment involves using any words or action that are unwanted and repeated and which a person finds offensive, such as:
  • excluding others
  • acting in a disrespectful or mean way e.g. rolling eyes, body language that excludes or intimidates, moving, hiding or destroying another person’s things
  • verbal threats
  • threatening someone by using stand over tactics
  • making others feel insecure
  • using emotions to try and control others
  • name calling
  • offensive language, notes or images
  • putting people down
  • targeting people because of their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, physical appearance or intellectual capacity
Types of Bullying and Harassment (Sexual)
Sexual bullying and harassment is behavior of a sexual nature which a person finds offensive.  This type of harassment cam be verbal or no-verbal, such as:
  • touching or brushing against a person in a sexual manner
  • sexually oriented jokes, drawings, literature or online material
  • commenting negatively on a person’s physical appearance
At St Catherine’s we have a Bullying No way day where all classes do activities related to bullying.

Cyber Safety

We are a technology-rich school and cyber citizenship is an important feature of our programs.
With this technology comes the responsibility for teaching children about cybersafety, which has become one of the major issues for families in schools around the world.
We approach cyberstafety through education - teaching children, parents and carers about how they can keep safe in digital world.  We teach children about their rights and responsibilities online.
Keeping children safe online is a joint responsibility of our school and your family.  We can also provide advice for parents and caregivers so they can ensure their children are safe when online at home.
As a school we work with Cybersafe Families to help educate children and parents as we believe that children need the skills and understandings to safely and effectively navigate their way around their digital environment with confidence. Cybersafe Families provide education sessions for students and their families that are in line with major Australian Education and Safety frameworks.



At St Catherine’s we have a buddy system program in place where the older children mentor and support the younger children. Each child has a buddy in which they can go to if they are in need of assistance or if it is just to say hello and see a familiar face.
We take pride in our buddy system and the teachers work with their buddy classes throughout the year to build relationships of trust and respect.


Whole Child...

At St Catherine’s student wellbeing is integral to our work, we are a place to develop the wellbeing of all our students. We strongly believe that we are in partnership with you in the care and wellbeing of your child. Our aim is to build a Catholic school where all in the community work and learn together in a safe and caring environment.


“Australian schools are learning communities that promote student wellbeing, safety and positive relationships so that students can reach their potential.”

- Student Wellbeing Hub Website -