The Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools Office has introduced a new role that aims to enhance student wellbeing in schools.
Maree Martin is responsible for programs and frameworks at schools throughout the Hunter and Manning regions.
She told Aurora that wellbeing is an important approach for developing students’ social, emotional and academic competence.
“It also significantly contributes to preventing youth depression, suicide, self-harm, anti-social behaviours and substance abuse,” she said.
“Wellbeing affects most aspects of what students do at school and includes a positive mood and attitude, resilience, and satisfaction with self, relationships and experiences at school”.
For almost 40 years Ms Martin has worked across public, primate and systemic education sectors. She is a qualified teacher of the deaf.
She said the new position recognises a growing body of work that indicates that Catholic school efforts need to be more coordinated.
“While schools have always been focused on students, this position allows us to state specifically that we are about making schools safe, supportive and respectful learning environments where difference is valued and respected.”
New role enhances student wellbeing in Catholic schools (Aurora)