The School acknowledges the responsibility to ensure that, while at school, all students are given opportunities to develop positive attitudes and appropriate values. All students need to develop acceptance and understanding of others and their needs. At Lakes Grammar all students have the right to feel safe and to be treated as unique persons made in the image of God. They in turn must acknowledge, through their actions, a duty to respect the rights of others.
At Lakes Grammar this is supported by the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) framework, which has its core messages relating to three key terms - Respect, Responsibility and Care. PBL is used to provide a structure by which students learn, understand and adhere to appropriate and acceptable behaviours. This involves the active development of social and emotional skills that allow all students to flourish.
Students are explicitly taught and have modelled what these expectations mean for their behaviour in the classroom, the playground and other key areas of the school. We aim to help our students to become responsible citizens, who can contribute to their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them.
Teachers in the Junior School seek to nurture each child in a supportive, caring Christian environment with each child being treated as an individual. Supported by our Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing, programs such as Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) reward students for achieving set targets and demonstrating positive behaviour. The Junior School has also recently introduced the well-respected KidsMatter program, which is a mental health and wellbeing framework to assist in nurturing happy, well-balanced children. Our Co-ordinator of Student Wellbeing also assists teachers with discipline follow-up and student wellbeing issues.
In the Senior School students learn to take more responsibility for their own learning. Dedicated staff oversee student wellbeing programs to assist these early secondary years and beyond. Students require strong mentoring roles and teachers who can guide them through the early years of adolescence, then through some of the most stressful years of their schooling life as they prepare to sit the HSC.
Our Director of Student Wellbeing oversees programs focused on anti-bullying, cyber-safety and resilience-building programs. From early secondary years students are taught positive coping abilities and maintenance of sense of self in the face of stressful and difficult circumstances.
The welfare and wellbeing of our students is supported by a collaborative approach between a dedicated School Counsellor for each campus, working alongside teachers in the development of Individual Education Plans for students with special needs or students just requiring some additional emotional support.