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.
Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. The resource that is central to Respectful Relationships is called ‘Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships’. A large focus is placed on Emotional Literacy, Personal Strengths, Positive coping and stress management, problem solving and help-seeking, Gender and Identity and Positive Gender Relations.
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.
The SJC Respectful Relationship (RR) team meet collectively each term as well as in clusters with our partner schools. This team has student voice from the Inclusive Community Touchstone Prefects.
The SJC Child Safety Team also meet each term including Child Safety Officers from each sub-school. This committee also promotes student voice and has membership from the Inclusive Community Touchstone leaders.