All students enrolled at St Joseph’s College have the right to feel safe and be safe. The wellbeing of children in our care will always be our first priority and we do not and will not tolerate child abuse. We aim to create a child-safe and child-friendly environment where children are free to enjoy life to the full without any concern for their safety. Learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked - students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised, and they develop a strong sense of wellbeing when they experience success in learning. St Joseph’s College is committed to creating positive respectful school cultures and embedding student wellbeing in all aspects of school life through connecting the learning environment, curriculum and pedagogy, policies, procedures and partnerships enabling all to have life in abundance
Whilst it is the role of all staff members to foster the wellbeing of our students, each Homeroom in Waterford and Westcourt are part of a year level under the care of two Year Level Coordinators. The vertical house system in Mt Sion means the senior students maintain their homeroom teacher from Year 10-12 and are led by a House Coordinator. The Homeroom teacher will usually be the first point of contact between home and school where there is a concern about a student’s welfare or progress, or for the explanation of a student absence. The Year Level/House Coordinator oversees the general wellbeing and behaviour of the cohort who are supported by the Heads of Waterford, Westcourt or Mt Sion respectively. The Deputy Principal Student and Staff Wellbeing provides the next level of support and leadership in our Wellbeing structure. Staff Wellbeing Representatives in each sub-school provide support with wellbeing initiatives and guidance for staff with wellbeing concerns.