Wellbeing

At St Fidelis’ we believe wellbeing is integral to all we do. Our policies and vision reflect our belief in the importance of taking a holistic approach to education and wellbeing. We aim to promote the development of lifelong healthy habits and nurture the values of respect, tolerance and acceptance of ourselves and others.

We support students in developing positive relationships, persistence, resilience, confidence and organisational skills. Through Catholic Education Melbourne we have access to psychology and speech therapy services. We see the value of working together with families to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment which allows our students to flourish.

Child Safe Standards

St Fidelis Primary School is committed to the Victorian Government Child Safe Standards.

Positive Behaviour

At St Fidelis we know children learn best when there is a whole school approach to behaviour management with consistent expectations. We value respect, tolerance and understanding.

Our agreed ways explicitly teach students how to act respectfully towards each other, staff, families and the broader community.

We have established strong links with the Bully Zero Foundation to promote awareness in all our students of how their words and actions impact on others and to foster lifelong strategies to enable them to work and play successfully together.

Social Justice

Our students are encouraged to know and understand how the lives of Jesus, St Fidelis and other people in our world are shining examples of how to live good lives so that we have a positive impact on those and the environment around us.  Through the Catholic Social Teachings, our students are given the knowledge and understanding of the rights and responsibilities we all share in caring for ourselves, each other and the world around us.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

At St Fidelis’ we know that social and emotional skills are integral to success and happiness in life. We also understand that the development of social skills needs to be taught and supported and is influenced by many factors including children’s life experiences and individual maturity and abilities.

We want our students to:

  • Learn to recognise and manage emotions and care about others
  • Make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly
  • Develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviours
  • Develop resilience and problem solving skills to achieve important social/life tasks
  • Develop and maintain friendships.

 

We implement a number of strategies, programs and resources to support the individual needs and foster individual talents of all students including whole school initiatives and external intervention agencies.

These include:

  • You Can Do It Program
  • Buddy Program
  • Transition Program
  • Social and Emotional Learning programs
  • Positive Behaviour Management
  • Student Leaders
  • Lunchtime Clubs
  • Buddy Bus Stop
  • Individual learning plans
  • Learning Diversity Leader
  • Learning Support officers
  • School Choir
  • Creative Music
  • Combined Schools Choir
  • G.A.T.E.W.A.Ys

Student Health

At St Fidelis we encourage and support the development of healthy habits.  We encourage the eating of fresh fruit and/or vegetables brain food break every day during class and encourage them to drink plenty of water to help give them the energy to continue to focus on their learning.

The students have many opportunities to be active.  Our Physical Education Program teaches students the skills needed for both team and individual sports, encourage participation in intra and inter school competitions as well as athletics carnivals. Families are also encouraged to take part in the Premiers’ Active April Challenge and National Walk to School Days.

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School - Sun Smart Logo
St Fidelis Catholic Primary School - Walktober Logo
St Fidelis Catholic Primary School - Premier's Active April Logo

St Fidelis is a Sun Smart school and our policy reflects the recommendations of the Sun Smart organisation. The Bureau of Meteorology provides information about the times of day UV levels are forecast to reach 3 or higher, meaning that sun protection is recommended for all skin types. In Victoria UV levels regularly reach 3 or higher from mid – August to the end of April.

As part of general Sun Smart strategies, our school:

  • Requires all students and staff to wear hats that protect the face, neck and ears (legionnaire, broad-brimmed or bucket style) and suitable clothing whenever they are outside (e.g. recess, lunch, sport, excursions)
  • Requires children outdoors without hats to sit in a designated shaded area during play times from the beginning of September to the end of April or whenever UV levels reach three or more. NO HAT- NO PLAY.

Student Wellbeing

At St Fidelis’ we believe wellbeing is integral to all we do. Our policies and vision reflect our belief in the importance of taking a holistic approach to education and wellbeing. We aim to promote the development of lifelong healthy habits and nurture the values of respect, tolerance and acceptance of ourselves and others.

We support students in developing positive relationships, persistence, resilience, confidence and organisational skills. Through Catholic Education Melbourne we have access to psychology and speech therapy services. We see the value of working together with families to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment which allows our students to flourish.

Speech Pathology

We are proudly working with the team at Speech Pathology for Schools (SPS) to extend the oral language and literacy skills of all our students. The program is integrated into our school curriculum to provide specialist support throughout the year. To find out more, just ask your child’s teacher, or visit www.speech.edu.au

St. Fidelis is partnering with Speech Pathology for Schools (SPS) for two days of service per week. Speech Pathology for Schools provides holistic school based speech pathology support. We work collaboratively with school staff to improve student outcomes. School data along with speech pathology data is used to target support and monitor student progress. If you have any queries regarding speech pathology services at St Fidelis, please contact us.

St Fidelis is focusing SPS services literacy based assessment and intervention services for the Foundation to Year 3  students. The speech pathologist will work collaboratively with the school leadership team, teachers and Educational Support Officers  (ESO)  to help meet the needs of students experiencing literacy difficulties. St Fidelis welcomes SPS as a valued addition to the school community and Allied Health Services provided by Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools (MACS).

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