RE & Wellbeing
Prayer in all its forms is ultimately an expression of our relationship with God. As with any relationship, it can be expressed in a variety of ways, including ritualised and spontaneous forms, or even in silence. The style or manner of prayer which is most easily used will vary from individual to individual. God does, in fact, communicate with us through and in, our personality.
Each form of prayer involves a particular set of skills and it is important that students are exposed, not only to the complete range of prayer forms, but are assisted in the development of the skills which pertain to each form.
At St Francis of Assisi School, we value prayer, in all its forms, as an intimate communication with our God and strive to embed prayer within all aspects of school life.
The celebration of the Sacraments lies at the heart of the life of the Church. For children and their families they are therefore, significant and memorable occasions. They mark important moments in the life of children and they become part of the story and fabric of the life of the family. As rituals, the Sacraments celebrate the action of God in our lives and use what is visible, audible and tangible to put us in touch with what we cannot see, hear or touch. They therefore, communicate to us at a particular time and place the reality of God’s love that is always present and always available to us.
At St Francis of Assisi, our students celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in Grade 3 and then receive Confirmation in Grade 6.
Wellbeing Program at St Francis
St Francis of Assisi is working in partnership with Mindfull Aus, a fantastic organisation and charity committed to building social and emotional literacy in young people.
The Healthier Hearts and Lighter Minds Program is currently being rolled out across the entire school in Terms 1, 2 and 3 of 2022.
The program consists of engaging lessons led by Mindfull Aus CEO and Founder, Matt Runnalls and his team of facilitators. The program introduces the children to the six core emotions of joy, sadness, anger, fear, surprise and disgust. Students are then taught to identify, control and express their emotions using a range of strategies and techniques. The students learn about the different parts of the brain and how these parts are activated when we experience various emotions. This learning is delivered innovatively through games, science experiments and teamwork.
Students then continue with a weekly lesson that reinforces the concepts explored in the program. This invaluable learning is extremely cross-curricular, honouring many learning areas and capabilities within the Victorian Curriculum, including, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking and Health and Physical Education.
If you would like to learn more about Mindfull Aus’ Healthier Hearts and Lighter Minds Program, please visit https://www.mindfullaus.org/primary-schools.
Here is some fantastic feedback from our Year 6 students:
I really enjoyed the activity where we had to select the emotion/s that best represented various scenarios. This taught me that we each feel and think differently, even when experiencing the same circumstances or scenarios. I also learnt that we can feel more than one core emotion at any one time
– Samuel Y
The program taught me that there aren’t negative emotions. If we struggle to identify, control and express our emotions and we sit with an emotion for too long, they can fester, and we can respond negatively. For example, anger is not a negative emotion, it is when we sit in anger for too long, that it can become aggression which is a negative response.
– Caitlin S
We learnt about the emotion of surprise (pink) which is a bridge between all of the five core emotions. This emotion only lasts for a split second before experiencing another emotion. I loved learning about the three main parts of the brain. We learnt about the superhero which serves to protect us and keep us safe. This is also known as the amygdala. We learnt about the hippocampus which stores our memories (like a librarian stores books) and the prefrontal cortex which acts as a judge and decides our response.
Our wonderful Parish at St Francis of Assisi provides many services, groups, gatherings and events. We invite you to follow this link to the Parish website for more information:
Additional Student Support Services
Here at St Francis of Assisi, we are committed to meeting the different needs of students. We have a variety of Allied Health Services available onsite including:
- Speech Pathology
At St. Francis of Assisi Parish Primary School, we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school. Our commitment is drawn from and inherent in the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the gospel.
Our school vision and mission statements reflect that we believe that all children have the right to learn and grow spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially in a nurturing environment. Here in the St Francis of Assisi School Community we strive to work together, fostering respect and justice for all in a challenging, positive, safe and stimulating environment.
If you have any questions regarding the Child Safety policies and procedures, please contact John Dwyer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Support is available for students from Year Prep – Six who may require additional assistance with intellectual, social, emotional or physical needs.
We offer support in a variety of ways which include:
- Learning Diversity Leader
- Student Wellbeing Leader
- Literacy Leader
- Mathematics Leader
- Learning Support Officers
- Educational intervention programs
- Internal agencies including Speech Pathology and Counselling
- External agencies providing support and assessments within the school, including Psychologists, Vision and Hearing Consultants, and Scope.
The staff of St. Francis of Assisi School work closely with families to provide students with the best possible learning opportunities, catering for individual needs and ensuring that all students experience success.