Trinity Catholic School is a safe and supportive environment that seeks to support the social, ethical and moral growth of all students. Our systematic Positive Behaviour programme helps us to create a positive learning environment which fosters focus and learning growth. Our curriculum involves planned activities that teach social and emotional learning, and encourages students to reflect on positive ethical and social decision making.
At Trinity Catholic Primary School we believe that children need guidance in developing attitudes and skills that enable them to effectively contribute to our changing world. These attitudes and skills are taught as well as expected of the children. Parents are informed of what is expected and receive consistent feedback on their child’s behaviour.
Our Principal, Deputy Principal and Senior School Leaders work closely with Classroom Teachers and parents in providing support to children who are experiencing difficulties in their social-emotional development. Our Student Wellbeing Leader regularly works with teachers across the school in the planning and teaching of the Berry Street Educational model and cybersafety programmes.
Trinity Catholic Primary School has a structured Behavioural Management Policy which is based on consistent behavioural expectations, positive rewards and structured consequences for inappropriate choices. School guidelines are consistent across the school, based upon our five school rules.
To enable student voice and further improve our classroom engagement on an ongoing basis Trinity use the Agile Sprints model of feedback. the Principal and classroom teachers work closely together with students using Google Classroom to give teachers feedback on student engagement and empower students to make positive change in their classroom.
Rules exist to ensure the safety of everyone and that the rights of all are respected.
At the commencement of the school year, staff and students revisit our school rules. These expected behaviours are published in the school’s Newsletter, as the basic guide for all student behaviour at the school.
TRINITY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL RULES
As members of the Trinity Catholic Primary School Community,
we all take responsibility to create a safe school environment.
At Trinity Catholic Primary School we:
1. Follow Directions
2. Speak Appropriately
3. Move Safely
4. Care for All Property
5. Listen to the Speaker
6. Keep Hands, Feet and Objects to Ourselves
Our Approach to wellbeing is shaped and incorprates the following frameworks and programmes.
BERRY STREET EDUCATIONAL MODEL
Trinity has implemented the Berry Street Education Model over the past 3 years. This model of Education has helped Trinity shape our teachers understanding of how we support and all students, and how we engage and build positive relationships across our school. 2019 is our third year of implementation and staff will complete further training in the model in May this year.
Trinity is an Esmart School. Staff have conducted Esmart training and our policies and practices align with the Allanah and Madeline Foundation’s Esmart framework. Students regular learn about cybersafety and Trinity offers up to date cybersafety training for our parents each year.
Junior Transition Our Junior Transition is led by Junior Transition leader Lucy O’Dea. As one of our Prep teachers, Lucy oversees our Kinder partnerships and supports the planning and transition of new students in our Junior school. She also oversees our Buddies programme which links our new Preps each year to their Year 6 buddies who support new students transition into the school in their first year.
Senior Transition Our Senior Transition leader is Frank Anania. Frank oversees our Senior transition programme which support Year 6 students as they begin to prepare for secondary school. At Trinity this involves structured lessons (START programme), guest speakers, parent nights and organising teacher visits to our secondary feeder schools.
School Captains, Vice Captains and Class Captains from each grade meet each week to discuss school issues and relay things to celebrate. School Captains, Vice Captains and House Captains meet for a Leaders Workshop each Wednesday to support other school management and leadership related responsibilities. We have engaged key student leaders in workshops to learn the skills of effective presentation, organisation and communication so as to raise the student profile and voice within the school.
The Seasons Programme helps to build the resilience of students at times of loss or change.
The Seasons Programme helps to build the resilience of students who are dealing with signif
icant loss or change in their lives. It provides support to students who have experienced a death of a family member or friend, parental divorce or separation, the experience and aftermath of natural disaster, or moving house or school.
The Student Wellbeing Leader and other trained staff work with a small group on a weekly basis for 8 weeks. During this time they participate in activities and discussions which assist them to develop the skills to manage grief and change.
Students are able to access free counseling services at school. Our school counsellor attends school on Mondays and is available to support students for a range of issues. including social/emotional assistance, strategies or intervention. The work of our Counsellor supports our aim of encouraging the total development of each child.
As a means of supporting students and parents from non-English speaking backgrounds, Trinity Catholic School actively promotes the use of interpreters and aides to assist when and where needed.