Student Wellbeing

Pastoral Care is the 'oil' of learning and relationships are the 'oil' for good quality pastoral care.

Pastoral Care refers to all actions taken within a school to promote a climate of care that enhances the personal, social, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing of students and staff.

Catholic schools - Communities of Care and Support

Catholic schools strive to be communities of care and support, where every child and young person experiences a joyful education that develops a sense of meaning and purpose in life, to be able to live their lives to the full: I have come that you may have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10).

Pastoral care within a Catholic school community is inspired by the teaching and lived example of Jesus Christ, with a focus on person-centred care that nurtures a strong sense of belonging, inclusion and identity. Drawing upon the Catholic tradition, pastoral care is a ministry of the Church and upholds the dignity of the human person through compassion, justice and respect in the belief that everyone matters.

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy

Catholic schools in the Broken Bay Diocesan Schools System (DSS) have a Pastoral Care and Student Wellbeing Policy that supports schools to promote a climate of care through respectful relationships to strengthen student and staff wellbeing within safe, supportive and inclusive learning communities. It is intended to guide system and school based guidelines and practices for pastoral care and wellbeing that meet regulatory and diocesan requirements.

Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (2018)

The Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy is underpinned by the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (2018) which outlines evidence based practices to support school communities to promote wellbeing, safety and learning. The five key elements include:

1.               Leadership – Visible leadership to inspire positive, faith–filled school communities founded on the person of Jesus Christ.

2.               Inclusion – Inclusive and connected school culture enlivened by Gospel values.

3.               Student voice – Authentic student participation that grows student voice and agency.

4.               Partnerships – Effective family, parish and community partnerships.

5.               Support – Wellbeing and support for positive behaviour.


Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing is a student’s level of satisfaction about the quality of their life at school. Optimal wellbeing is characterised by positive feelings and attitude, positive relationships with other students and teachers, resilience and satisfaction with self and learning experiences at school.

“The wellbeing of children and young people is enhanced and their learning outcomes optimised when they feel connected to others and experience safe, trusting relationships. Students who feel connected, safe and secure are more likely to be active participants in their own learning and to achieve better physical, emotional, social, spiritual and educational outcomes” (Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, 2018, p. 2).

Partnerships with Families & the Community

Catholic schools have a strong tradition of pastoral care in partnership with parents, who are the first educators of their children. Parents have the primary responsibility for the development of their child’s wellbeing. Families, parishes and communities collaborate as partners with the school to provide the strongest foundation possible for their children and young people to flourish and reach their full potential in learning and in life.

Quick links:

Australian Curriculum Personal and Social Capability
Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (2018)
Be You
CASEL Social and Emotional Learning
National Centre Against Bullying
Positive Behaviour Intervention Support (PBIS)
Student Wellbeing Hub
School A to Z Tips for Parents