Student Wellbeing

Social and Emotional Learning

Here at Holy Cross, as members of a faith-centered community, we have a commitment to the wellbeing and pastoral care of each of our students and community members. We demonstrate this through our support, love and care for each other in our school community.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Link to ACARA SEL continuum

At Holy Cross we have a shared understanding that wellbeing is dynamic and integral to positive learning outcomes.

We focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to teach and support our students to grow and learn from the challenges and complexities of everyday interactions.

Our students are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities in their classrooms, on the playground and when interacting with others that enables them to practice social, emotional learning skills. The development of these SEL skills contribute to the growth of students’ social and emotional wellbeing and helps support their academic learning.

Throughout the school year, our teachers spend time working together to assess and evaluate how the students in their class are tracking in terms of their social emotional learning. Time is spent planning to assist any students that could possibly be ‘lagging’ in these skills. This is important to ensure the development and growth of our students’ wellbeing, is monitored and supported to enable them to connect socially with others, be self-aware, make responsible decisions and manage emotions.