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Caring for students

 

Our school environment welcomes and respects people from all backgrounds.

Browse this section to find out how we work with you to provide a safe and caring learning environment for your child and also keep informed about support for school families.

 Berkeley Vale Campus has a comprehensive Student Welfare faculty made up of a Head Teacher, Year Advisers, House Patrons and a number of programs  aimed at building resilience and being proactive in promoting a positive school  spirit.


Year Advisers

Year advisers are your first port of call if you have a question, concern or feedback about your child.

In 2017 our Year Advisers are:

 Year 7: Ms Tatham and Mr McGinley

 Year 8: Ms Whiting and Mr Sanderson 

 Year 9: Mrs Monored and Mr Hunter

 Year 10: Ms Lemon and Mr Meyer

House Patrons

Our House Patrons are responsible for helping administer our rewards system as well and coordinating their houses in our swimming, cross country and sports carnivals.

In 2017 our House Patrons are:

Aquila: Mr McGinley 

Corona: Mr Jensen

Orion: Miss Stevenson

Pegasus: Mr Meyer

Student Wellbeing Days

The Student Wellbeing days are held in term 1 and term 3 each year. Please refer to calendar.

What is wellbeing?

It has long been acknowledged that wellbeing is more than the absence of physical or psychological illness. In very broad terms, wellbeing can be described as the quality of a person’s life. Two major approaches to defining wellbeing relate it to our subjective experience of feeling good or experiencing pleasure and positive emotion; and functioning well, or our potential to flourish. While there is debate about whether one or both of these approaches to wellbeing offers the best way of understanding it, an approach that considers the whole person, and which combines feeling good and functioning well offers the most utility.

Peer Support

Peer Support Program will be conducted during term 1 and term 2. This will develop leadership skills in our Year 9 and 10 Peer Support Leaders as well as assist our year 7 students in settling into high school.

Anti-bullying and Peer Mediation

The NSW Department of Education and Communities rejects all forms of bullying. All students and staff have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity in an environment free from disruption, intimidation, harassment, victimisation and discrimination.

All members of the school community contribute to preventing bullying by modelling and promoting appropriate behaviour and respectful relationships.

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies.

Bullying can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and all forms of harassment including that based on sex, race, disability, homosexuality or transgender. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved including bystanders.

Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, travelling to and from school, in sporting teams, between neighbours or in the workplace.

Bullying behaviour can be: 

  • verbal eg name calling, teasing, abuse, putdowns, sarcasm, insults, threat 
  • physical eg hitting, punching, kicking, scratching, tripping, spitting 
  • social eg ignoring, excluding, ostracising, alienating, making inappropriate gestures
  • psychological eg spreading rumours, dirty looks, hiding or damaging possessions, malicious SMS and email messages, inappropriate use of camera phones.

Conflict or fights between equals and single incidents are not defined as bullying, Bullying behaviour is not

  • children not getting along well
  • a situation of mutual conflict 
  • single episodes of nastiness or random acts of aggression or intimidation.

 

The following links provide additional information on preventing and responding to student bullying:

Bullying: Preventing and Responding to Student Bullying in Schools Policy