We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
The Wellbeing Framework at Holy Cross College is based on the acronym SOLE. That being Respect for Self, Others, Learning and the Environment. At the college we understand the impact that positive wellbeing has on our students’ learning. ‘Wellbeing positively influences student learning outcomes, and success in learning enhances student wellbeing’.
As a community we seek to promote positive relationships through our morning homeroom which we call HCT (Holy Cross Talk). In addition, the Year coordinators incorporate wellbeing activities and initiatives into their sessions each fortnight. The college places great emphasis on the smooth transition of our new Year 7 students into the life and culture of the college. Aside from traditions such as walking down the ‘boarder stairs’ we have a Big Brother Program whereby our Year 12 students take the lead in orientation/ initiative activities for Year 7 students. Our college counsellor, Cecilia Egan is on site to provide guidance and assistance to students who may have wellbeing concerns both inside and outside of school.