The Student Wellbeing Strategy 2011–2015 supports schools in implementing actions to:
Support to schools is delivered through three key wellbeing initiatives:
Student Wellbeing Leaders
A key platform of the Student Wellbeing Strategy is to support the appointment of a Student Wellbeing Leader (SWL) in every school across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Funding provides for a time allocation for SWLs within the primary school.
A primary goal of the Student Wellbeing Strategy is to work towards ensuring all SWLs will have completed or be in the process of completing credentialed learning under the provisions of the Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) offered through a partnership with The University of Melbourne.
Catholic Education Melbourne also provides two days of central Professional Learning for SWLs. This enables SWLs to network with each other, to share good practice and to develop skills and understandings relevant to their work. In addition, SWLs are supported through the establishment of 38 clusters across the Archdiocese which are designed to support SWLs in their work through the provision of ongoing professional learning and strategic planning and implementation at the local level. Each cluster has a Cluster Convenor who liaises with Catholic Education Melbourne's Wellbeing and Community Partnerships Education Officer to progress the work of the cluster.
Social and Emotional Learning in Catholic School Communities
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process for integrating thinking, feeling and behaviour to achieve important social/life tasks, meet personal and social needs and develop the skills necessary to become a productive, contributing member of society.
To assist schools in planning, implementing and sustaining SEL, Catholic Education Melbourne has published a set of guidelines titled SEL in Catholic School Communities: Guidelines for a Sustainable Whole-School Approach to Social and Emotional Learning (2009). These guidelines have been developed to guide and support schools in the implementation of a school based strategy for SEL. In 2011 Catholic Education Melbourne will support the implementation of this resource with further work in the area of SEL and the parent community.
School Community Partnerships
Fostering school community partnerships is integral to an effective wellbeing strategy. Partnerships engender support for the development and wellbeing of young people and their families and serve to maximise student engagement and achievement. A number of strategies support this purpose including the Schools as Core Social Centres (SACSC) and the Family School Partnerships initiatives. These initiatives provide a framework for the engagement of the school and broader community. Smarter Schools: National Partnerships Family School Partnerships and SACSC support the development and maintenance of links between staff, students and parents at the school level and encourage schools to build partnerships with the broader community.
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