Social & Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning is the process of developing self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

We believe that people with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally and socially. 

St Therese’s School uses the framework of the Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour Support to frame the social-emotional learning for all students in our care. It is a broad range of systemic and individualised strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes.

Our school has school-wide expectations for all students that include;

  • Follow directions
  • Speak respectfully
  • Listen to the speaker
  • Take care of property 
  • Respect personal space 
  • Move Safely

These expectations are taught explicitly throughout the year and are used to promote a safe, inclusive and respectful school environment.

Play Is The Way

At St Therese’s we understand that a decline in mental health is a very real issue that must not be ignored and we believe very strongly in ensuring each student is provided with opportunities to develop a positive and healthy attitude towards learning and life. Play is the Way is a whole-school program used to teach social and emotional skills in students from Foundation to Year Six. Each week, classes enjoy playing games designed to explicitly teach real-life skills that assist with navigating friendships, having a growth mindset and good manners.

Seasons for Growth

Students who have experienced grief and loss are invited to participate in a Seasons for Growth group led by a qualified instructor. Seasons for Growth programs help students understand the experiences of change, loss, and grief and how these can impact on a student's life. The programs also support the development of communication, decision making and problem-solving skills.