Wellbeing Report – June 22, 2017

June 21, 2017

At the commencement of the second semester, our students will be participating in wide variety of evidence-based curriculum programs that underpin our Pastoral Care Program.- Year 7 students will investigate the concept of bullying during term three, whilst Year 8 students will commence the -‘Building Respectful Relationships’ program, which is being officially rolled out across Victorian government schools.- Year 9 students will commence the term with lessons from the Building Respectful Relationships program, followed by the continuation of The Rite Journey.- Year 10 students will continue with The Resilience Project, and Year 11 students will commence the groundbreaking -‘Men of Honour’ program.- Year 12 students will continue to practice mindfulness, whilst focusing on their studies as they head towards exams.

Keeping Safe: Information for- Parents

As part of St Patrick’s College mission to create a safe and secure learning environment for our students, it is crucial that our broader community of parents are well-informed with the latest information and research available, so we can work as partners to keep our students safe.- This week’s focus is to define -‘abuse’.-

Abuse can occur in a range of situations, including neglect, or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.- – Physical abuse– is a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child caused by another person.- – Sexual abuse– occurs when someone in a position of power to the young person uses their power to involve the young person in sexual activity, which can include the sharing of information over the internet, such as pornographic images or obscene text messages or emails.- – Emotional abuse– can occur when a young person’s self-esteem or social competence is undermined or eroded, usually over a longer period of time.- This can include isolation, ignoring or intimidation.- – Neglect– is characterised by a failure to provide a young person with basic needs, which can include inadequate supervision for long periods of time and disregarding potential hazards. –

A young person may experience abuse-related trauma as a result of abuse, and can become disconnected from their feelings.

As part of our duty of care as educators at St Patrick’s College, we are required– by law- to report any suspected abuse for a student under our care.- – – The College has adopted the PROTECT resources as its framework for carrying out this obligation. – A PROTECT factsheet -Protecting Children from Abuse: For Parents and Carers- can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/protect/ChildSafeStandard5_ParentsProtecting.pdf

For more information on our child protection policies, please visit: https://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/en/st-patricks-college/policies/

Whole Year Level Programs -“ Term Three

There are a number of whole-year-level wellbeing programs happening in term three, which will all occur during the regular school day.- Please take note of the following dates:

  • Monday 17th July – Brainstorm Productions: “The Hurt Game” – All Year 7 and 8 students (Year 7: 12pm -1pm, Year 8: 2pm-3pm)

  • Monday 7th August -“ Carmen Road Safety -“ All Year 11 students (9am -“ 10.30am)

  • Tuesday 15th August -“ You The Man -“ Building Respectful Relationships -“ All Year 10 students (9am -“ 10.55am)

For more information on our Pastoral Care program, please visit:


I would encourage all students and parents to fully engage and participate in all of our wellbeing programs on offer, as they are an integral element of our broader mission to educate the whole person.

Kind regards,

Mr Bradley Murray

Pastoral Care Coordinator