Social and emotional wellbeing is the foundation of academic success. At St Agnes’, we nurture confident, resilient and self-aware learners, enabling them with skills for success, now and in the future.
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important area of our curriculum, during which students receive explicit teaching around self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. In planning our SEL lessons, we draw on the Personal and Social Capability of the Victorian Curriculum, as well as the You Can Do It program, which covers five key learning concepts: resilience, confidence, persistence, organisation and getting along.
Mindfulness and positive psychology underpin our approach to social and emotional wellbeing also, with all our staff trained in Peaceful Classrooms. Regular Circle Time sessions are planned according to student needs, providing opportunities for students to collaborate on topical issues in their peer group.
Making mistakes is part of growing up. Such mistakes provide key teaching moments, from which students can learn and grow. Restorative Practices are inspired by a philosophy which aims to repair harm done to relationships and people. It is a learning-centred approach that assists young people in becoming aware of the impact of their behaviour on others. Restorative questions aim to promote a number of key skills: active listening, facilitating dialogue and problem-solving, expressing emotion, taking ownership of problems, and accepting natural consequences for actions.
Our three Rs motto, ‘Resilience, Respect and Responsibility’ permeates all we do in our work together.