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Wellbeing is integral to learning excellence and ultimately to overall health and life success. It is described as ‘a sustainable state of positive mood and attitude, resilience and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences’ (ACU & Erebus International 2008).

Wellbeing enables us to give expression to our authentic selves to realise our unique potential.

A positive sense of wellbeing supports a base for rich learning that enables young people to flourish. This holistic view recognises that the sacredness, dignity and giftedness of each person is grounded in the belief that each person is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27).

While all educators are focused on the wellbeing of their students, those in Catholic schools have a particular orientation to wellbeing. Illuminated by faith and the words of Jesus who said, ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10), Catholic educators nurture young people’s spiritual and religious dimensions to enable them to truly understand what it means to be alive and well as a human person.
When people feel acknowledged that their community genuinely understands their values, hopes and dreams, their sense of belonging is strengthened and they are more open to collaboration, sharing information and participating in decision-making. Being in relationships with others enhances wellbeing and enables young people to better understand and manage their emotions, to develop their sense of self, agency and resiliency.

In a Catholic school all members of the community are welcomed and treated with dignity in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and intimidation. School policies and practices that are grounded in faith and informed by current research and data, further support the development of inclusive communities.