Social and Emotional Learning forms a key component of everything we do at St Bede’s. There are numerous ways in which we teach these wellbeing skills to students ranging from our Buddy program every Friday fortnight to the explicit circle time sessions run in classrooms. Below is a summary of some of the many wellbeing initiatives run at St Bede’s.


At St Bede’s, we believe that enhancing and developing wellbeing is at the heart of what we do. We strongly believe that feeling good about yourself and what you can do, and having positive relationships are the foundation of great learning. We believe that each student’s wellbeing is nurtured through a sense of belonging, through building relationships with others, by being accepted and valued and by engaging in the school community.

Nurturing the wellbeing of students takes the whole learning community. Through the use of weekly circle time, our whole school Buddy program, a Restorative Practise approach to relationship building and a proactive Social and Emotional Learning program St Bede’s is able to offer a variety of programs at different levels in order to respond to student need.


St Bede’s is a Restorative Practise school which aims to develop positive behaviour through critical and reflective thinking. Students at St Bede’s are encouraged to take active involvement in making choices and taking responsibility for our choices and actions. By focussing on restoring relationships when they have been damaged and by accepting responsibility for our actions we allow students to learn from mistakes, develop self-disciple and recognise the impact of their actions. This is all leads to students resolving and reconciling conflict with others and strengthening relationships.


  • Active Social and Emotional learning for each student across P-6
  • Developing self-management and responsible decision making
  • Building Positive relationships between students throughout the school community
  • Making good choices
  • Working collaboratively with others
  • Understand the impact of decision making


  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a key teaching focus across the school. We use the Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships Wellbeing Handbook as our guide.
  • Behaviour expectations are explicitly taught
  • Focus on positive behaviours within the class and school settings
  • Shared language across the school around behaviour and expectations.
  • Restorative Practise approach used when resolving student conflict
  • Circle Time is implemented and run through all grades in order to explicitly teaching Social and Emotional Learning as well as respond to student and classroom need.
  • Cross grade buddy program aimed at developing relationships across whole school community.
  • Numerous lunch time activities support student wellbeing during Recess and Lunch.
    • Listen
    • Use manners
    • Choose appropriate volume and tone
    • Always encourage others
    • Be open and ready to solve problems
    • Be aware of the needs of others



St Bede’s School Vision Statement

With Bede as our model and Christ as our everlasting light, we strive to build a Catholic school community where each is given time and support to learn to know, to do, to live together and to be. 

Christus Dies Aeterna Nostra

Christ our everlasting light. Christ our ever lasting day

At St Bede’s

We are kind in our actions and words.

We are always respectful towards people and property.

We all have the right to feel safe and to learn.


Classroom Agreements

  1. Follow directions (we listen and do quickly)
  2. Keep Feet/Hands/Objects to ourselves
  3. Walk safely inside and around classrooms
  4. Be respectful in our words and actions:
  1. Ask permission to leave the classroom

Playground Agreements

  1. Follow directions (we listen and do quickly)
  2. Play co-operatively in a spirit of fairness and collaboration
  3. Respect and care for our school environment and property
  4. Play in rostered areas
  5. Be respectful in our words and actions
  • Listen
  • Use manners
  • Choose appropriate volume and tone
  • Always encourage others
  • Be open and ready to solve problems
  • Be aware of the needs of others
  1. Speak to the teacher on duty first before going to the office or sick bal
  2. Use equipment appropriately and in designated areas
  3. When the bell rings, stop games and move to your area