Student Wellbeing

St John’s strives to create an optimal learning environment where students feel safe, supported and respected and where a strong sense of belonging is experienced through their connection to their peers, school, family and community.

Each member of our school community assumes an important role in promoting student wellbeing. We recognise that students are more able to engage fully with their learning when their social, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing is healthy and when they possess a strong sense of self-worth. Enhanced student wellbeing is integral to improving student learning outcomes.

St John’s provides explicit programs to enhance student wellbeing and to meet the individual needs of all students including; Yarn Club, Games Club, Library Lab, Code Club, Before School Jogging, Buddy Program, Student/Teacher Mentorship Program and Student Mindfullness sessions.

A sense of belonging is crucial to students being able to thrive. This sense of belonging and being in relationships with others, builds and strengthens the ability of learners to understand and manage their emotions, develop their sense of self and their resilience in the face of difficulty, challenge or adversity.

At St John’s, we provide a happy, healthy and safe learning environment, where all children are encouraged to be their best. Student wellbeing is central to our Vision and Mission statements. It is evident in everything we say and do. For students to succeed, they need to develop the capabilities to manage themselves individually and interpersonally, to understand the world and act effectively, ethically and responsibly.

Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capabilities are a foundation for learning and for citizenship.

Our school community endeavours to live by the values of love, care and compassion, belonging, respect, responsibility, perseverance, happiness, enthusiasm, commitment, excellence, wisdom and integrity. These values align with the competencies taught within personal and social capabilities: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making (CASEL, 2006).