Student Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at St Francis Xavier. We know that our students will learn best when they feel safe, secure and valued and have a strong sense of their own self-worth. Here at St Francis Xavier, we use a variety of strategies to nurture and support student wellbeing working in close partnership with our families.
‘A positive sense of wellbeing supports a base for rich learning that enables young people to flourish. This holistic view recognises that the sacredness, dignity and giftedness of each person is grounded in the belief that each person is made in the image and likeness of God’ (Genesis 1:27). Horizons of Hope, 2017
We use a variety of different strategies and programs to build the wellbeing of our students at St Francis Xavier. These include:
- Child Safety and Protective Behaviours
- Bucket Fillers for Life
- Maintaining Healthy Relationships
- The Buddy System
St Francis Xavier has a wellbeing dog, Ginny, a toy cavoodle who loves interacting with our students. Wellbeing dogs are well known for their calming and settling effect on students who may be experiencing anxiety or heightened emotions. Ginny engages with our students under the supervision of our staff and her gentle nature makes her hard to resist!