Our schools work with parents to provide every possible assistance and support for the wellbeing of all children in our care.
The Australian Government’s National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) is an important guide for schools in this matter.
Our schools have positive relationships policies, as well as student wellbeing and behaviour management plans and protocols. These documents outline expectations and responsibilities that promote mutual care, acceptance, courtesy and respect.
Our schools also have policies and strategies for preventing and/or responding to bullying behaviours and serious offences. These policies and strategies are based on government requirements and on the Pastoral Care policy of the Catholic Education Office of your diocese.
Many schools appoint dedicated Student Wellbeing Leaders to work with principals and other teaching staff to promote wellbeing and support services.
Our school communities have access to a wide range of student wellbeing support in areas which include:
student health services
resilience and mental health
School care program
If your child has high medical needs and is enrolled in a Catholic primary school in Victoria, s/he may be eligible for a service provided in partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). The RCH Home and Community Care Service is available to schools upon request through Catholic Education Melbourne.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which requires life-saving medication. A severe allergic reaction usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure and can rapidly become life-threatening. Anaphylaxis must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.
Each of our schools has an Anaphylaxis Management Policy which includes the training of relevant staff. A medically approved individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan is developed for each student at risk and you are required to provide this plan and your child’s EpiPen® to the school.
In cases of emergency or ill health, the school will immediately contact you so you can collect your child or approve the appropriate medical attention. It is important to ensure that your contact details are up to date.
Our schools address one of Australia’s growing health problems, obesity, through various curriculum and practical initiatives. In schools where canteens operate, guidelines have been developed to provide students with healthy eating suggestions.
As a parent, you have an important role to play in helping to ensure your child receives a consistent message about healthy eating and being active.
Two in three Australians develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. Most skin cancer is preventable. The Cancer Council Victoria recommends a healthy UV exposure balance that ensures some sun for vitamin D, while minimising the risk of skin cancer. Each of our schools has a sun protection policy to ensure a healthy UV exposure balance to help with vitamin D levels and minimise the risk of skin and eye damage and skin cancer.
Our schools are committed to implementing a combination of sun protection measures (clothing, sunscreen, hats, shade and sunglasses). Sun protection is required whenever UV levels reach three and above – the level that can damage skin and eyes. This is typically from the start of September to the end of April in Victoria (not just in Terms 1 and 4).
As a parent you have an important role in ensuring that your child develops and maintains healthy sun protection habits from the early years. Being a role model of sun-protective behaviours is one way to help your child to do this. Another is being aware of when ultra-violet (UV) rays will be dangerous and require sun protection.
For useful ideas and more information about sun protection and skin cancer prevention, including a SunSmart app and a UV alert, see Cancer Council Victoria’s SunSmart website www.sunsmart.com.au.