At St Therese’s School we aim to model our behaviours on the example of Jesus as shown through the Gospel. Jesus showed us how to live through the interactions he had with the people of his time. His own actions taught about:
- making choices and being responsible for them
- making wrong situations right
- helping those in need
- welcoming others
- living peacefully
- being socially responsible
- respecting self and others / restoring dignity in self and others
- walking in another’s shoes / showing empathy
“I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
St Therese’s School, being true to its mission as an authentic Catholic School, aims to move beyond the management of student behaviour and extend to the transformation of student actions and attitudes to enable them to reach their full potential.
The process of transformation involves empowering students to gain the skills and attitudes needed to be both personally and socially responsible for their own behaviour and make appropriate behavioural choices. To assist students to reach these goals, teachers will play an active role in this process through explicit teaching and updating of their skills through professional development and also by being ‘living’ models, who nurture and mentor our students in our faith, values and social emotional competencies.
Student Wellbeing is fostered and supported through the following areas:
- St Therese’s Self-Management Plan and Policy
- Social Emotional Learning
- Fostering of positive teacher, parent and student relationships and regular communication
- The teaching of age-appropriate and specific social skills
- Inclusion of the Diverse Learners Team consisting of the School Counsellor, Learning Support Teachers, Student Wellbeing Teacher, Lead Learner of Learning and Teaching and Assistant Principals.
Defence Force family support
With around 16 percent of the school’s students from Australian Defence Force families, St Therese’s is one of only two Catholic schools in the Cairns Diocese to provide support for these students through a program funded by the Defence Community Organisation (DFO).
St Therese’s Defence School Transition Aide (DSTA) works with primary students whose families are in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The program helps Defence children realise that what they’re going through experiencing parental absence is normal.
The program assists children and families to integrate into new schools and communities, smooths the transition between schools and different education systems and helps students develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience. It also provides support to students during times of parental absence.