Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing Coordinator

The Wellbeing Coordinator works closely with staff and students to lead a whole school approach to the development of personal responsibility and social and emotional learning, implementing the Smiling Minds School Curriculum across Reception to Year 6.  The Wellbeing Coordinator supports students with social and emotional needs analysing Classroom Pulse Check In data and referrals from teachers as well as supporting Restorative Practices to restore relationships across the school.

The School’s Wellbeing Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Student and staff wellbeing needs
  • Smiling Minds Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum
  • The Classroom Pulse Check In Survey (each term)
  • Student Voice Representative team
  • Small group and 1:1 wellbeing conversations.

School Counsellor

The school Counsellor works in partnership with students, teachers and parents/caregivers to enhance students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

The counselling is child-focused and informed by the needs, goals and developmental level of the student. It is a voluntary process that takes place in a one-on-one setting at the school.

The Counsellor is committed to working respectfully and collaboratively with students, parents/caregivers and teachers in ways that build on students’ individual strengths, offering support and information on:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Social Skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Issues (including family breakdown, relationship issues and violence/abuse issues)

School Chaplain

The school Chaplain works in partnership with students, teachers and parents/caregivers to enhance students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

The school Chaplain is responsible for:

  • Seasons for Growth Program.
  • Pastoral care support for families, students and staff.
  • Soup Making with senior students for Moore Street.

Smiling Minds School Curriculum

Smiling Minds School Curriculum is a research based social and emotional learning program to build essential personal, social and emotional capabilities and enhance engagement with learning.  The Smiling Minds program develops emotion regulation skills, skills to help with focus and attention as well as develop social awareness and foster respectful relationships.

Mindfulness improves the ability to regulate emotions, reduce stress and anxiety which means students have fewer potential obstacles in the way of their learning.

The program covers 20 key topics:

  • Awareness
  • Attention
  • The Senses
  • Savouring
  • Movement
  • Recognising Emotions
  • Self-Compassion
  • Optimism
  • Strengths
  • Gratitude
  • Making Decisions
  • Setting Goals
  • Empathy
  • Acts of Kindness
  • Positive Relationships
  • Positive Communication
  • A Curious Mind
  • Growth Mindset
  • Resilience.

At St Martin’s Catholic Primary School, we start each Smiling Mind lesson with a focus on Scripture to connect the topic with our Catholic Identity.  Each session also involves a meditation to develop mindfulness and attention.

Be You

St Martin’s Catholic Primary School is officially recognised as a 'Be You' school.  'Be You' Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.  'Be You' Primary provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.

Fact Sheets

Mental Health Issues and Conditions - Mental health issues and conditions - Be You

Mental Health Support - Mental health support - Be You

Relationships - Relationships - Be You

Social and Emotional Learning - Social and emotional learning - Be You

Wellbeing - Wellbeing - Be You

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