Our Academy is currently working on becoming a White Ribbon School by engaging in the Breaking the Silence Schools Program.
The White Ribbon Schools program upskills staff in responding to Domestic Violence disclosures and understanding the issue, while also working towards building a safer and more respectful school culture.
We utilise our Academy’s programs to build a culture of respect towards women and an understanding of the issue of Domestic Violence. Through preventative intervention and education we can break the cycle and equip our students with necessary information to make healthy choices and seek support.
Communicare Inc. is a strong advocate for victims of Domestic Violence and operates a women’s refuge as well as Australia’s only residential service for perpetrators of family violence
Our academy was selected to be part of WA’s Amplify pilot by the Association of Independent Schools, in conjunction with the Innovation Unit, with the aim of increasing the engagement of our students through the development of teaching, learning and assessment practices.
Being part of the Amplify pilot has underpinned our school’s future direction by pinpointing our curriculum, therapeutic programs, student engagement and sense of community. By contributing to the design of powerful learning we can equip young people with the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed now and into the future.
To demonstrate our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and meet the requirements of registration standards for non-government schools, our academy has committed to becoming a Child Safe Organisation over 2017.
Our Academy is committed to the safety of all children and young people. Our ability to protect children and young people while supporting them to grow, learn and flourish is central to their safety and development. We want children and young people under our care to be safe, happy, have choices and be heard.
We have no tolerance for behaviours and actions that impact the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We take allegations and concerns very seriously and respond to them consistently and in line with our Child Safe Policy.
Youth Star is a family of tools supporting and measuring change when working with young people, and enabling our academy to measure and summarise change made by a students with different needs.
The Star is also a coaching tool providing students with a clear picture of their personal journey to success; creating manageable steps and plotting their progress along the way.
The Youth Star maps progress towards a future where our students are actively engaged and contributing in ways that are meaningful to them. It covers six key areas:
- Making a difference;
- Hopes and dreams;
- Education and work;
- Choices and behaviour.
Our Academy works with students to identify each of these areas before creating a plan to identify areas of development.
We have developed and created personalised resources to help support the discussions that take place and to ensure that information is always correct and accurate.
A mental health initiative for secondary schools, MindMatters aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all young people.
Our Academy has worked with MindMatters in the development of their wellbeing programs and services. The initiative’s framework supports, guides and enables schools to build their own mental health strategy.
All of our staff are trained in MindMatters to ensure they all deliver the same holistic approach to all students.