Our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their happiness and safety are our top priorities.
A place to belong
As part of a system of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. The wellbeing and safety of all students is central to the purpose of Catholic education and we acknowledge that healthy relationships and exceptional pastoral care are core to each child’s positive experience at school.
Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta have a strong focus on pastoral care, and in addition the support of our school counsellor, additional resourcing is provided for wellbeing initiatives overseen by the Wellbeing Coordinator. The Wellbeing Coordinator is supported by staff on the Wellbeing and Behaviour Team, Leading Counsellors as well as K-12 System Counsellors in the implementation of these wellbeing initiatives.
Our Lady of the Rosary is committed to providing a learning environment where students can thrive, feel safe and supported, and are nurtured to grow, belong and be confident.
Our Lady of the Rosary equips students with the knowledge and skills to cultivate their wellbeing through Religious Education, health, and wellbeing classes. We believe this sense of wellbeing and connectedness promotes healthy personal development in students and contributes to their academic success.
We support the social and emotional welfare of students and their families through effective strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures, guidelines and tools. Our strong focus on pastoral care includes school counsellors and wellbeing initiatives to support students.
Our school celebrates the inclusion of all students, supporting the learning needs of every individual and providing learning opportunities to build their social skills.
Our wellbeing and pastoral care initiatives
Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L)
Student buddy system
Diversity support team
Peer support program
Personal development program (Stage 3)
Pastoral care programs at each year level are designed to help build resilience, independence and courage within each student.
Recognition of students
To support our whole school focus on positive behaviours, our student merit system rewards students for being safe, respectful learners. Our merit and Lighthouse Awards are given each fortnight at our Celebration of Learning assembly. Star and Gold Awards are given each term to acknowledge hard work and responsible behaviour by our students.
In addition, at the end of each year we give out the Mary Mackillop Award, which recognises those students who 'see a need and do something about it'.
Experiencing leadership gives students confidence, celebrates strengths and prepares young people to make a contribution to our community and world. Our Lady of the Rosary offers a number of leadership opportunities both as part of and in addition to our curriculum.
Year 5 students participate in a leadership development program and leadership training day. Each year students are elected as school captains and vice captains and sport captains. In addition there are student leadership teams such as the Technology team and Library team. We call on all our school leaders to set a positive example for their peers.
A thoughtful approach to welcoming students is something that our school is really proud to offer local families. Transition programs are important for all students to prepare for new beginnings.
Our new Kindergarten families take part in school visits that allow teachers to observe the new students and plan for their needs. We ensure that a student's first experience of our school is a positive and enjoyable one and that parents feel supported.
Building child safe communities
We are committed to providing children and young people with school environments where they are safe, informed and participate, and where the adult community works together with them towards making this happen.
We care about every student!
Contact Our Lady of the Rosary today to find out how we can help your child.