Social and Emotional

At Saint Patrick’s our Social Emotional Learning program is based on the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities, KidsMatter and the Berry Street Education Model.

Berry Street  


The Berry Street Educational Model stems from the five pedagogical lenses of body, stamina, engagement and character all anchored by relationship. Strong social and emotional skills facilitate academic success both at school and in life pursuits that follow. Educators are increasingly aware of the importance of Social Emotional Learning as an integral part of education. Strategic inclusion as our school has done ensures that the school’s main purpose and mission is the, ‘development of the whole person’ (spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, socially and emotionally).


Berry Street Education Model diagram

Over a two year curriculum cycle we are focussing on gratitude, self-regulation, love, persistence, hope and optimism, zest and vitality, social intelligence and empathy.


Benefits of Saint Patrick’s SEL Program

  • Increased academic competence

  • Increased motivation to learn

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Improved attention

  • Improved study skills

  • Increased commitment to school and the time devoted to school work

  • Improved school attendance

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KidsMatter Primary is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and has been proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.


KidsMatter focusses on building a positive school community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion,  and that promotes:
social and emotional learning, working authentically with parents, carers and families and provides support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.


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