“The school community is an essential part of social reform by modelling a culture of respect through the whole school, not just by teaching respect in the classroom”.- Rosie Batty, CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation
St Joseph’s College Geelong has taken a lead role in Victoria in helping educate students on the importance of Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships. Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education. The Victorian Government is investing $21.8 million to deliver Respectful Relationships and as part of this initiative. Recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Family Violence included the implementation of school-based programs to reduce the incidence of family violence as a long-term prevention strategy.
Since 2014, St Joseph’s College has been delivering the Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Secondary Schools (SAPPSS) and profession learning to staff. Current priorities include the delivery of an action plan to build culture, develop practices and policies to enhance knowledge of healthy relationships, respect and equality for our students, our staff and our community.
The best relationships are respectful ones. By working together, we can create real and lasting change and help to address gender inequality and prevent family violence.
Why are we at St Joseph’s College Geelong educating Rights, Resilience & Respectful Relationships?
It is important to recognise emotions and what is going on internally for students, teachers, staff and our community that causes external reactions for individuals and others. Furthermore, the behaviours of individuals can affect the emotions of oneself and others.
Identifying the strengths of individuals and the strengths of others around someone can upskill and help purpose.
Positive Coping and Stress Management
Understanding strategies to regain a sense of calm and increase self-esteem through support and different learning methods. This will then lead to our student’s mindsets engaging in their own space by learning self-talk approaches.
Problem-solving and Help-seeking
Developing skills to think through, consider options and the possible consequences as a part of making choices. Through these skills, students will have the knowledge to seek help for themselves or others and support themselves and others in challenging times.
Gender and Identify
Knowledge that boys and girls, and men and women are of equal value and should have equal opportunity. Through acknowledgement of some gendered pressures and expectations can lead to limiting choices and increasing vulnerabilities.
Positive Gender Relations
Understanding that everyone is entitled to respect, regardless of gender diversity and that violence and sexual harassment is not acceptable within or between genders. Furthermore, having knowledge of how to help-seek for individuals and others in situations involving domestic abuse or gender-based violence.