The future of our students at Clairv aux, depends on what we do today. Currently 1 in 7 Australian primary school students will experience mental illness. The statistic increases for adolescence to 1 in 4. The World Health Organization predicts that depression will be the leading cause of disease globally by 2030. Clairvaux’s well-being strategy is carefully comprised of evidence-based approaches.
Vision for Wellbeing
Our school empowers all students, staff and families to have positive relationships, have a sense of purpose and be mentally, socially and emotionally well.
Mission for Wellbeing
‘The mission, and privilege, of the Catholic school is to build a community where authentic relationships based on love provide the means and the support for all students to flourish and grow into the fullness of life’.
Archbishop Dennis Hart, 2015, To Serve and Lead: Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015-2019, p.1
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (Payton et al., 2000). Social and emotional skills are said to be essential to being a virtuous student, citizen and worker (Casel, 2015). School leaders acknowledge the significance of student well-being on all areas of outcomes. In a survey conducted, over 80 per cent of principals identify student emotional/mental health as being ‘very important’ for academic achievement (Rowling, Whitman, & Biewener, 2009).
Teaching children social and emotional skills helps to promote resilience – the capacity to cope and stay healthy in spite of the negative things that happen through life.
What does social and emotional learning have to do with learning?
Research has shown that children’s learning is influenced by a range of social and emotional factors. How well children do at school is affected by things such as:
Clairvaux Catholic School has selected and implemented programs that best suit our particular needs based on our school. Social and emotional learning programs that have been shown through research to improve children’s social and emotional competence are more likely to achieve goals related to improving students’ mental health.
School-wide classroom teaching of social and emotional learning allows staff and students to share a common understanding of what it is all about. Importantly, the emphasis of its teaching needs to be not just on learning about emotions and relationships, but on practical skills that children can apply across a range of situations at school, at home and in the broader community. Classroom teaching which is offered regularly will maximise the benefits. Opportunities for learning can be coordinated across the school so that children can continue to develop their skills with age and experience.
At Clairvaux we have a carefully designed Health and Well-being Scope and Sequence to ensure a streamlined, sequential approach to our Social and Emotional Learning.
The topics covered include Zones of Regulation (for emotional regulation), positive coping, stress management, building relationships, growth mindset and gratitude.
eXcel: Wellbeing for learning in Catholic School Communities
Catholic Education Melbourne developed this framework as a guide for curriculum and practice to enhance the Well-being of school communities. It is inspired by the gospel and is informed by a holistic understanding of Well-being. eXcel considers the dimensions of learning environments and recognises that when these environments are purposeful and meaningful then well-being will be enabled.
At Clairvaux we endeavour to continually improve the way we create safe, inclusive environments where our students, staff and families feel connected and engaged so that learning and Well-being may be optimised.