Our staff understand that shared values and habits support the building of personal character in young people. The School’s policies and procedures for student wellbeing are based on the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF). At OLN this includes Positive Behaviour for Learning and the elements of Restorative Practice.
Expectations are explicitly taught to our students and highlight:
Individual plans are developed for students requiring more intensive support.
The Framework (NSSF) identifies nine key elements that assist schools to maintain a safe, supportive and protective learning community, and that promotes student safety and wellbeing.
The elements of this framework are:
- Leadership commitment to a safe school
- A supportive and connected school culture
- Policies and procedures
- Professional learning
- Positive behaviour support for students
- Engagement, skill development and safe school curriculum
- A focus on student wellbeing and student ownership
- Early intervention and targeted support
- Partnerships with families and community
These elements are based on a combination of good practice, research-based literature, and feedback from representatives from all educational systems, sectors and educators. Teachers are encouraged to be both proactive in building safe and supportive learning communities, as well as reactive in responding effectively to situations involving student maltreatment, harassment, aggression, violence and bullying. The nine elements also reflect a view that responsibility for the development and maintenance of a safe and supportive school community requires a respectful partnership among students, teachers, parents and carers, as well as the broader community and education systems and sectors.
Pastoral care initiatives include:
- the establishment of a dedicated student wellbeing position on the leadership team
- a whole-school student wellbeing system, where students' behaviour is monitored by class teachers and team leaders
- an award system that recognises to students for their achievements and attitude
- ensuring individual student's social, academic and emotional needs are identified and responded to positively
- working collaboratively with the school counsellor and parents
- providing a variety of playground areas to allow for passive and active play
- ensuring access to technology for students who do not have this available at home
- a buddy system for Kindergarten and Year 1 students
- fee relief where financial hardship is established, and payment plans for families experiencing financial difficulties.