The School motto “Through Faith and Wisdom” articulates the values which shape our Student Wellbeing policies and practices.
We know that children learn well with encouragement, support and security. As students grow, with guidelines and expectations which provide a framework for their behaviour, they develop from a world- view centred on self and family, to one in which they look to the needs of others. Young children need clarity about what is right and wrong, and loving adults to help them when they fail to be the best they can be.
When students are engaged in the learning process they are less likely to present poor behaviour than when they are disenchanted or bored. At Oakleigh Grammar we strive to ensure that the curriculum is able to meet the needs of every student so that success and pride in achievement helps bring about positive behaviour.
The School Counsellor is available to all students who require assistance with emotional difficulties.
The School Nurse is available to deal with health issues or minor accidents.
When Things Go Wrong
Inevitably in any community there are times when things go wrong, and people behave in ways that impact on their own learning and the learning of others.
The School has a Behaviour Management Policy and Procedure which provides students with clear guidelines regarding expected behaviour. Students are required to accept the consequences of poor behaviour and parents are required to ensure that the School’s Management of poor behaviour is supported.
Students who behave negatively towards others or break rules are challenged. The seriousness of the consequence depends on the degree and frequency of wrong doing, and consequences appropriate to the harm are applied.
Where relationships break down temporarily, restorative practices are engaged to help heal and repair the harm to people and make amends for hurt or insult.
A Peer Mediation team, consisting of peer-nominated student leaders, exists to support children who may be having difficulties socially. They work to assist in solving friendship conflicts and restoring the peace in the playground.
In 2014, the Peer Mediators created a ‘Friendship Seat’ with students from the Prahran Community Learning Centre. This spectacular mosaic seat is located in the playground and is respected as a ‘safe-zone’ where anyone having difficulties can retreat, and peers can approach them offering friendship.