Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Support

"Schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation's ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion. Schools share this responsibility with students, parents, carers, families, the community, business and other education and training providers" (page 4 The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians MCEECDYA 2008).

Ainslie School, like all schools, is uniquely placed to positively influence wellbeing. There is a critical role to play in fostering positive and sustainable characteristics that enable students to achieve their best. Evidence supports the strong, mutual relationship between wellbeing and learning. Identifying and reducing barriers to learning, including those linked to student wellbeing, can help to maximise the educational and social outcomes for students.

The Ainslie School approach to wellbeing is strongly grounded in research based practices through a Professional Learning Community model. Wellbeing is defined as an ongoing experience of wholeness and hope that is integral to learning and ultimately, to overall health and life success. It relates to the interconnectedness of emotional, physical, cognitive, social and spiritual dimensions within the person. Wellbeing encompasses nurturing the self, giving to others, and building and celebrating community.

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The ACT Education Directorate has developed a Safe and Supportive Schools Policy which can be downloaded.

Ainslie School has developed a Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Support Framework which can be downloaded. If you would like further information, please email Catherine Dillon using the email address

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The Melbourne Declaration lists seven interrelated dimensions to general student wellbeing, namely: Intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic. Of the seven general capabilities that are addressed in the Australian Curriculum those that specifically relate to student wellbeing include personal and social competence, self-management, ethical behaviour, intercultural understanding, thinking skills and creativity.

At the heart of all our endeavours is the student. Ainslie School is committed to building a learning community that is a safe, nurturing and academically challenging environment for all students. We employ and access a range of specialist teachers and support personnel to create an optimal environment for student learning and wellbeing.

Our Student Wellbeing and Behaviour Support Framework focuses on:

  • Creating a positive school culture that is fair and respectful
  • Building a safe and supportive school environment
  • Expecting positive, supportive and respectful relationships that value diversity
  • Promoting pro-social values and behaviours
  • Encouraging student participation and student voice
  • Proactively engaging with parents and carers
  • Implementing preventative and early intervention approaches
  • Responding to individual students and
  • Linking to the local community.

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