We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that all students and staff have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged in their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing and pastoral care support and initiatives through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
Through our vertical homeroom and house system, the students experience an integrated peer support program where they feel connected to a house group and supported by their peers, homeroom teacher and house coordinator. Our wellbeing program, through events and guest speakers, provides education and support for students in the areas of mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol, relationships, personal strengths and resilience.
At Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer, the practice of restorative justice underpins our student management processes, creating an ethos of respect, inclusion, accountability and responsibility. It seeks to build positive relationships in the school community, while at the same time encouraging individual self-efficacy, resilience and personal accountability for behaviour.
In accordance with Mercy values and the college’s behavioural management policy, all students have an obligation to honour and uphold the rights of other students at all times and treat them and their property with care and respect. Bullying of any nature is not tolerated at the college.