The strongest feature of the school is its wellbeing programs designed to ensure all children’s needs are best catered for. A Student Welfare Support Group, a Student Representative Council (SRC) to hear student voice, Psychologist, Grief Counselling and Positive Behaviour Management are all features of the school’s wellbeing approach.
The school is part of the Family School Partnership initiative from Catholic Education Office Melbourne. We aim to have 100% engagement of families in the life of the school community. We welcome parent engagement, as research indicates that parents and schools working together has the greatest positive impact on student learning.
The National Safe Schools Framework is an initiative of the Australian Government that asks each school to set up strategies that will ensure that their school is a safe learning and social environment for all students.
Here at St. Francis Xavier, we are taking part in this framework by teaching the Bounce Back resiliency program. The program aims to support each student in becoming resilient by having a thorough understanding of the core values.
A strong, open and welcoming school community is evident at St Francis Xavier School, where there is a friendly, family atmosphere.
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All Prep children buddy up with a year 6 student.
During the year a special relationship is established between the prep and year 6 buddy. The growth in each child’s friendship skills, sense of belonging and communication is outstanding as they spend time sharing and learning from one another.
Buddies participate in fun activities such as reading and writing together, information technology skills, art activities and science experiments.
We are always very proud of our Year 6 students who take great care of their buddy and all the Prep children.
“We create memories for life.” Tara Grade 6
“We have fun and we really like each other. I love her and she loves me.” Ruby Prep
“We love helping our buddies and doing fun activities.” Xavier and Jordan Grade 6
“She makes me feel happy, she helps me make things and I help her too.” Tomo Prep
All Year 6 children have a staff member buddy. This connection assists in demonstrating leadership, providing a support person and strengthen the connectedness of staff and children. Special times are shared together at regular morning teas, birthdays, sacraments and graduation as well as through the year, ensuring that the Grade 6 students have a ‘go to’ person.
Brain Gym is a program based around a variety of physical movements that enhance learning and performance in all areas. It helps to increase flexibility and coordination providing specific activities to facilitate brain function optimising learning.
Catholic schools have a responsibility to create nurturing school environments where children and young people are respected, their voices are heard and where they are safe and feel safe.
Proactive approaches across policies, procedures, curriculum and practices have been developed to promote a child-safe school environment.
Schools who have identified children with diverse learning needs, encourage effective communication between home and school at PSG meetings.
Individual Learning Plans are developed through a process of planning and documenting 'where to next' for the child.