Educational settings have a critical role to play in fostering positive and sustainable characteristics that enable students to achieve their best. Evidence supports the strong, mutual relationship between wellbeing and learning and a key tenet underlying BCE's approach to wellbeing is that wellbeing is central to learning and learning is central to wellbeing (Department of Education and Children's Services, 2007).
The BCE Student Wellbeing Position Statement has the advantages of:
A focus on student wellbeing is highly consistent with the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (United Nations, 1959) and the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA, 2008). For example, a core educational goal within the Melbourne Declaration is for all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
Student wellbeing in the context of a Catholic Christian school is based upon these underpinning beliefs:
The school provides opportunities for all students along the learning continuum to experience success in the formal curriculum setting and beyond the classroom as well. Structures, support and programs are in place to heighten engagement, create stronger connections in their learning journey and build capacity and confidence.
Pastoral Care Programs provide the major points of support and care for students, and establishes a 'partnership' between the student's family and the School.
Pastoral Care is carefully considered through: