Student welfare is paramount for a harmonious and productive school life. At St John the Baptist we abide by a Diocesan Pastoral Care Plan with due consideration given to local circumstances and the families which we service.
Wellbeing is an important part of the education of the whole child at SJB. Many programs are in place to ensure that each child is emotionally and physically safe, cared for and nurtured.
Some of the programs that are in place for students to access are:
Positive Behaviour for Learning
Positive Behaviour for Learning is a whole school program where students are explicitly taught the school rules in a positive way through role play, group discussions, workshops and reward systems.
Student Representative Council
The student representative council meets regularly giving the students the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to school life by voicing their ideas. Their ideas, once discussed amongst the group are then presented to the school leadership team to be considered for implementation in the school. This collaborative approach allows the students to develop a sense of ownership of the school.
Mini Vinnies is a program designed for groups of primary school students who are interested in social justice. Mini Vinnies students get together within their school to help those in need within their school, local or international community. This program is organised and is led by Mrs Harrison and Ms Rigney.
Each term, the students attend a half hour workshop which provides them with some simple tools to help with anxiety, building confidence and understanding their emotions. The aim of this workshop is to assist the children with building a healthy body and mind through increased body awareness and simple self-calming techniques. The children learn how to use their breath to remain calm in stressful situations, muscle relaxation (great to help with sleep), and affirmations / visualisations for building self-esteem. Parents are also given the opportunity to attend a session each term.
Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation is used across the school to help students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behaviour approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones.
Buddy Program for Kindergarten
Each new Kindergarten student meets their Year Six buddy before they start school during the Kinder Yana Program. The Year Six buddies guide the Kindergarten students in their first experiences of school. They help their new Kinder friends to grow in confidence and independence in their first year of school.
Students are offered Break Clubs each day as a way of tapping into their interests and communicating effectively with others in a supervised situation. Some lunch clubs offered this year are: choir, guitar, K-2 Art Club, 3-6 Art Club, Dance Troupe, Drawing Station, the Relaxation Station, Snoozy Tuesday, Origami Club, Science Club, Chess Club, Ukulele Group, Band, Farm, Debating and Social Skills Group.
Parents are encouraged to discuss these extra-curricular activities with their child. The times for these activities vary each week as teachers have playground duties to fulfil and volunteer their time for these activities. These activities are announced each morning and can be found on the student notice board under the COLA.