“Enabling students to achieve the fullness of life”
- St Mary’s Pastoral Care is a whole school approach that is founded in Jesus Christ and the Gospels. The dignity and wellbeing of the child is at the centre of all we do to enable the fullness of life.
- Respectful relationships between staff, students, families and the wider community play a key role in creating a supportive learning environment, catering for the whole child spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically.
We all want our children to be happy. St Mary’s Primary School Bellingen believes that the skills for happiness, resilience and positive emotion can be learned. Positive education involves teaching both traditional skills and skills to build a full life. Positive education teaches students about emotions and how to build healthy relationships.
At St Mary’s students experience Postive Education by being immersed in the values of gratitude, sense of purpose and service. This is done in a number of ways;
Meditation and Reflection – In the modern world children are bombarded from an early age with noise, stimuli and a message to keep busy. At St Mary’s students participate in daily meditation to enable them to discover their real selves in stillness and quiet. Each day students have opportunities to reflect on all they have to be grateful for.
Restorative Justice – Students have the opportunity to explore their emotions, motivations and relationships as they sort out social difficulties with their peers.
Social Justice and Environmental Stewardship – Students develop a sense of purpose through engaging in social justice and environmental stewardship activities. This is embedded in the school’s curriculum.
Throughout the year the schools Mini Vinnie’s raises money for people in need and at Christmas assists local families by delivering food hampers and christmas gifts.
The school’s Environment Club has ensured recycling is occurring throughout the whole school and minimised waste in the canteen. The club has developed a fertile eco-climate through breeding chickens, installing a native bee hive, compost bins and a worm farm to produce a pumping vegetable garden and orchard.
Our wellbeing programs go deeper than just external confidence. They build life-long skills in resilience, helping kids find their inner strength and sense of purpose. They help the child go into the world with self-acceptance, self-awareness and strength.
Seasons for Growth – Seasons for Growth is an innovative grief and loss education program that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children young people [ages 6-18] who are dealing with major life changes including death, separation and divorce and other significant losses by:
– Exploring the impact of change and loss no every-day life
– Learning new ways to respond to these changes.
Lunch Clubs –To ensure all students have a chance to let their light shine the school offers a diversity of extracurricular activities and clubs including drumming, recorder, choir, drawing, collectible cards, kids newsletter, building, yoga and gardening.