The recently presented  award from Principals Australia Institute (PAI) in partnership with Beyond Blue and APA, was in recognition of their work in embedding a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing as part of the KidsMatter initiative.

KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing program for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.  The program provides proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.

Luanna Fletcher, Principal at St Brendan’s summed up the school’s methodology in that “Our holistic approach means we live by the mantra; “It takes a village to raise a child” and at St Brendan’s it is our philosophy and mission to support every child and their families in faith, love and education. St Brendan’s staff’s commitment to the health and well-being of students we know supports their ability to maximise their learning and is a protective factor in all students’ school life.”

Luanna went on to say, “We are honoured yet humbled in receiving this award of National recognition through Kidsmatter, this again allows us to promote and celebrate the ongoing commitment that as a staff and community we have to our students at St Brendan’s.”

PHOTO: L TO R: Jane Nethery, Education Officer – Student Wellbeing,  Luanna Fletcher, School Principal and Jo Spec, Parent Education Co-ordinator