At Stella Maris we have a holistic and integrated approach to Well-Being, with a goal of developing thriving people, capable learners and leaders for the world God desires.
To have ‘thriving students, quality pastoral care is at the heart of all that we do and is underpinned by our Gospel values and Good Samaritan charism. We know that students learn best in an environment where their social and emotional needs are met, where strong relationships are formed and where they feel a sense of belonging.
We strive to meet the social and emotional needs of our students through all aspects of their schooling. This is done through our commitment to exceptional pastoral care, explicit teaching and knowing each of our students and families. We are a Be You school, which is a resource developed by Beyond Blue aimed at promoting mental health and Well-Being. It offers evidence-based online professional learning, tools and resources in order to support the mental health of the young people in our care.
A school Pastoral Care co-ordinator supports students, families and staff in a 1:1 role to support their Well-Being and mental health when and if necessary.
Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Its vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
Over the course of the year the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is taught to all year levels, providing students with the knowledge and skills across four focus areas: The right to be safe, relationships, recognising and reporting abuse and Protective strategies. This is another important element in ensuring the ongoing wellbeing for our students.