OLGC strives to build a positive learning community where students feel valued and respected, within a Catholic community. Our Student Wellbeing Leader manages all aspects of student welfare to foster strong interpersonal relationships, trust and collaboration between staff, students and parents.
OLGC is committed to building a community of faith and learning in a safe, nurturing and academically engaging environment. At the heart of our endeavours is the student. Fundamental to successful learning is student wellbeing, where the development of a positive growth mindset supports the diverse and changing needs of every child. Staff at OLGC play an integral role in encouraging wellbeing and engagement so that students are able to learn at their best. Circle Time takes place in all year levels to model problem solving strategies and self reflection.
Social and Emotional Learning is taught across the school to reflect student need and develop student values consistent with the teachings of Jesus. We actively promote the social emotional learning of every OLGC student so that they:
Student Wellbeing Leader
Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School wellbeing program is overseen by the Student Wellbeing Leader. With a qualification of Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) they create a positive school community that promotes the wellbeing of all students to contribute to their academic success. As a teacher, they know how closely students’ learning is linked to their social and emotional wellbeing.
Through a school referral process, students have access to services provided by Catholic Education Melbourne including speech, psychology and educational advisors. OLGC will also accommodate students and families who may wish to attend private occupational therapy or speech therapy during the day, while at school.
Student Referral Support Group
The student referral support group includes the Principal, Deputy Principal and the Student Wellbeing Leader and meet regularly to assist teachers and parents with any concerns that may arise in relation to a student's development and wellbeing.
A Psychologist attends OLGC one day a week so that students and their families can be further supported. Referrals are made confidentially through the Wellbeing Leader or Principal.
OLGC uses an evidence based approach to select a number of programs that meet the needs of our school community. These include:
You Can Do It!
The program’s purpose is the development of 5 social and emotional capabilities: Confidence (academic, social), Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along, and Emotional Resilience. Central to the development of these 5 foundations is instilling in young people 12 Habits of the Mind such as Accepting Myself, Taking Risks and Setting Goals.
Peaceful Kids Mindfulness Program
This is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology based program to lessen anxiety and increase resilience in children. Students learn the skills of calming, meditation and self regulation.
This program is developed in conjunction with Austin Health to support the social, emotional and behavioural development of young children by enhancing the skills of emotional understanding, expressing feelings and getting along with others.
Better Buddies Program
The Better Buddies Program is an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Prep students are buddied with senior students to support their transition to primary school and help to reinforce positive behaviours and school values.
The Seasons Program is offered each year. This is a support program for those students who have suffered a loss through death or family separation. A trained facilitator conducts the program.