Student wellbeing

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.

Our School motto “Through Faith and Wisdom” articulates the values which shape our Student Wellbeing policies and practices.

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Engagement

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.

Responsibility

In the Junior School, 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.

Honesty and clarity

The School has a Behaviour Management Policy and Procedure which provides students with clear guidelines regarding expected behaviour. The document promotes positive behaviour and provides clear expectations and consequences allowing students to self-reflect upon their behaviour. The seriousness of consequences are reflective of the nature and frequency of misdemeanours.

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.

Respect

Bullying of any kind is a serious breach of the right of all to a safe learning environment and will not be tolerated. The School works in partnership with parents and students in order to provide a safe and happy environment.

The School has a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities which all students are required to accept and promote.

Respect for each other and for staff and parents grow as students grow in self- awareness and self- respect. We are committed to building strong, positive and resilient young people.

Emotional support

Oakleigh Grammar is committed to the pastoral care of our students offering counselling each day with our Student Counsellor, Fiona Baudinette. Counselling provides an opportunity for students to confidentially discuss challenges which may be interfering with their learning and general wellbeing. Counselling is also available to parents, for matters relating to their children. Through counselling students gain perspective, identify their inherent strengths to overcome challenges, learn to find solutions to problems and build resilience skills, essential for their on-going well-being.

Students from Year 5 to Year 12 are able to self-refer by emailing counsellor@oakleighgrammar.vic.edu.au. They may also be referred by a teacher, through the Head of School. Students from Prep to Year 4 are required to gain parent permission, then referred by the class teacher, Head of School or parent. Parents of any student, can email or call the school to arrange bookings for themselves. The sessions are free and continue for as many weeks as required. Occasionally, Fiona will refer students to an external provider for further care, which is organised in consultation with the parent. As counselling is confidential, information is only passed on to parents or teachers if the student requests, or if it falls within counselling mandatory reporting requirements. Parents of younger students will be emailed after the initial session and thereafter as required.

Fiona is a fully trained, accredited and registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association. She was previously a Primary Teacher, Director of a Dyslexia Clinic and teacher trainer in the area of Learning Difficulties. As such, she brings an in depth knowledge of teaching, learning and learning difficulties to her counselling sessions, enabling her to assist students in a broad capacity.

Fiona writes a regular article for the Grammar News and conducts evening parent presentations on matters relating to parenting, brain development, child development and mental health, throughout the year.

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Medical assistance

The School First Aid Officer is available to deal with health issues or minor accidents.