Values Program and Wellbeing

St Michael’s has implemented a whole school approach to values education within our school.

Our aim is to promote an approach to values teaching, where we develop a common understanding and a common values language within our school community.

This approach will involve the whole school community (staff, students, and parents) and acknowledges that learning occurs not only through the formal curriculum, but also through students’ daily experience of life in the school and beyond.

Wellbeing

Long Term Goals

3 St Michael’s is a community of learning and trust, where we work in partnership with parents, children, staff, parish and wider community to create and sustain a culture of life long learning.

Short Term Goals

3.1 Children will develop skills, values and attitudes which will enable them to function effectively within the school and the wider community
3.2 Children will experience a safe school and a safe learning environment
3.3 Students, Parent and staff will experience a greater sense of connection and involvement within school life, building the morale of the children, staff and school community
3.4 Staff will provide constructive feedback and support to each other improving learning outcomes for children and improvement staff, engagement , encouragement and accountability

The St Michael’s Values program is based on the values outlined by the Catholic Education Office. These values draw expression from the life of Jesus. As a school we will have a value that is the focus for the whole school community and aim to cover one every three weeks. This value is introduced at our school assembly and we use the parent bulletin to inform parents of the value and the focus generated by this value. Activities relevant to the value will be presented for the junior, middle and senior school. Teachers may choose to use these activities or incorporate activities of their own.

As a school community we have awards that acknowledge those children who are living the values as listed. In the classroom, a values box will be used to collect names of those children who have been nominated for living the value. In the yard, folders will contain cards for teachers to nominate children who are living the values in their interactions with others. At the end of each week, both classroom and yard nominations are collected and placed into boxes for junior, middle and senior grades. At assembly, two names from each box are drawn out and these children receive values certificates.