We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.

Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.

At Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School Balmain/Rozelle, we endeavour to promote a healthy, supportive and secure environment for all children. We believe that pastoral care should foster the growth of the individual to reach their full potential. It should reflect the Catholic ethos of individuals caring for and respecting each other. Student well-being is a shared responsibility between home, school and the community.

The school has implemented programs to encourage positive social behaviours and problem-solving skills. These programs include:

  • School counselling program 
  • Buddy program for students in Kindergarten and Grade 6
  • Anti-bullying initiatives and cyber safety
  • Student awards
  • Positive reward systems
  • Leadership Program
  • Seasons for Growth
  • Kids Matter
  • Circle Solutions
  • Drumbeat
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning Initiatives (SPBL).

Anti-bullying policy

Sydney Catholic Schools reject all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.

If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.

Support services: