At St. Andrew’s Grammar, we believe in creating a school environment where every member feels safe, valued, respected and that they are being treated fairly. We know that wellbeing is vital to each student’s ability to thrive and succeed. We utilise a range of strategies to promote and enhance the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of all students.
Since 2022, we have been a ‘Be You’ School. An initiative of mental health support agency Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and Headspace, Be You supports educators to develop a positive, inclusive and resilient learning community. Using evidence-based, online professional learning, complemented by a range of resources and strategies, St. Andrew’s Be You staff members plan and action ways to support the mental health of all members of our community.
We also use other strategies, as age and stage-appropriate, to promote and enhance the wellbeing of our students including Zones of Regulation, Problem Solving Wheels, Calm Down Corners, Growth Mindset, Values programs, Kindness Ambassadors and the teaching of Social and Emotional skills.
In the Primary Years, the Head of Primary and the Wellbeing Coordinator work closely with classroom teachers and education assistants to monitor the wellbeing of students.
In the Secondary Years, the Head of Wellbeing 7-12 works closely with Form Teachers, who are the primary pastoral carers for students.
The role of the School Chaplain is to be available for students when they need to talk. St. Andrew’s Grammar’s School Chaplain is the Reverend Father of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Father Milan.
St. Andrew’s Grammar wants each student to learn in a safe and supportive environment, where everyone is treated with respect, courtesy and honesty. We have a comprehensive Behaviour Management Plan that focuses on rewarding positive behaviour and clearly outlines unacceptable or inappropriate behaviours and the consequences of those. Each student is made aware of what is expected from them; clear and open communication between parents, teachers and students help students understand if they are adhering to these expectations.
No To Bullying
St. Andrew’s Grammar does not tolerate bullying of any kind, including physical, verbal, psychological or cyberbullying. Our curriculum provides opportunities for students to understand the nature of bullying through discussion and role play, build an understanding of personal space and safety, develop positive interpersonal and problem-solving skills, develop self-esteem and confidence, and promote of a sense of altruism and compassion.