• Publications 2012 Annual Report
  • Action Area 2 – Learning and Teaching

    Objectives 

    • Enable every young person to be a successful, engaged and purposeful learner.

    • Plan and provide safe, contemporary and effective learning environments.

    • Attract, develop and retain the very best teachers and staff.

    Read more about the Learning and Teaching Strategic Direction. 

    Current research recognises that schools are key sites for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and that the promotion of wellbeing is central to learning and contemporary learning environments. Children and young people learn best when their wellbeing is optimised through the provision of an effective learning environment that fosters individual potential and optimises learning potential.

    Student Wellbeing

    The CEOM Student Wellbeing Strategy 2011–2015 supports the development of strong wellbeing cultures across schools to underpin learning and improved academic outcomes. In 2012 the CEOM's Wellbeing & Community Partnerships (W&CP) Unit began or continued a range of key initiatives that foster student engagement and connectedness, successful transition to further education or employment, and academic achievement.

    Links to Learning

    In 2012 the W&CP Unit continued to provide schools with key policy materials, resources and professional learning, which contribute to the provision of a safe, effective learning environment for all, while being integral to the curriculum at the same time.

    The work of the CEOM and the W&CP Unit demonstrates that wellbeing is integral rather than incidental to learning, and the development of social and emotional learning skills, within the context of formal and informal learning environments, enables students to flourish.

    Other initiatives and Responsibilities 

    • Development of a Social Emotional Learning Pilot Project with Catholic primary schools, together with key Social Emotional Learning resources for schools such as posters
    • Partnership with the University of Melbourne Dax Centre to engage Catholic primary schools in projects to enhance emotional literacy through the visual arts
    • Delivery of new, online Mandatory Reporting training for all schools, along with updated materials as part of ongoing efforts to ensure protection of all children
    • Production of 'Art & About' Community Arts Research Document as part of an ongoing series and DVD
    • Review and updating of the CEOM's Critical Incident Management processes and policy to promote the safety of students and ensure better support to schools.
    • Emotional Learning Strategy and implementation of Professional Learning  for schools/Student Wellbeing Leaders
    • Arts for Learning and Wellbeing – (1) the implementation of Community Arts initiatives to enhance engagement, connectedness and improved learning outcomes in 14 Catholic schools, (2) the professional learning focused on arts integration to enhance both learning and wellbeing.
    • Promotion of National Safe Schools Framework including cybersafety and responsible use of social media, anti-bullying initiatives (including Catholic schools participation in the National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence) and accreditation of Catholic schools as Restorative Practices schools
    • Specialised support to schools in response to critical incidents and provision of advice and guidance through the Duty Officer service
    • Coordination of the 2012 Student Wellbeing Drama Festival and the participation of 40 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

     

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    Students from Christ Our Holy Redeemer, Oakleigh East, at the Student Wellbeing Drama Festival with Archbishop Denis Hart 
    • Promotion of mental health and wellbeing initiatives, i.e. KidsMatter, MindMatters, and support to schools in Drug Education, Out-of-Home Care Education Commitment Partnering Agreement, the Australian Government Quality Teaching Program 'Transition and Engagement in Catholic School Communities' project
    • Production of key resources for school leaders and teachers, including Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Posters and Research Documents.

     

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    Students from Killester College, Springvale, performing at the Student Wellbeing Drama Festival

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    Personal Story 

    Kathy Green 

    Kathy Green
    Religious Education Coordinator
    and Learning & Teaching Leader
    St Francis Xavier School, Montmorency
     

    The teachers at St Francis Xavier School strive for a whole-school approach with their teaching. Long gone are the days when particular subjects are taught as separate units of work. They are structured in such way that there is a learning connection across the curriculum.

    The school adopts an inclusive approach, with the aim of making education a rich learning experience for all the children. We help the students to find a connection with their lives, which will take them beyond their primary and secondary years and create lifelong learners. We would describe it as a ‘big picture’ school experience, based on our Catholic faith and identity.

    The children are expressive, articulate and proud of what they are achieving and, just as importantly, are happy to talk about it. The students are very aware of their strengths and the challenges they face, like students at any school.

    The children do wonderful things in a range of subjects from the arts, literacy and maths. This was evidenced several years ago when a group of Year 5 and 6 students, who perhaps hadn’t had much success, made a film about a bored student at school. The boy entered a cupboard and travelled through a portal into many other worlds, including the age of the dinosaurs.

    The project was awarded second prize in a national short film competition. The boys confidently talked to adults at several seminars and teacher network meetings about the project and their success. Their sense of pride and achievement when they talked to the different groups was fantastic.