Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:
school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
supporting individual students who need help with health issues
providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.
Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.
The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.
The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allow them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.
Positive Behaviour for Learning
At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.
Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.
Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.
The Rivendell Student Representative Council (SRC)
The Rivendell Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of students from the different Rivendell school programs. Any student interested in participating in the SRC is encouraged to become a student representative, regardless of their length of stay at Rivendell.
The SRC at Rivendell School provides students with opportunities to discuss issues relevant to the student body, engage in constructive dialogue with peers and adults, and contribute to team projects with a sense of leadership and purpose. All of these opportunities can contribute to enhancing students’ overall well being.
This group of students work hard over the year toward several engaging projects including innovative fundraising activities to support school programs and charities like Legacy and CanTeen. The Rivendell SRC are also committed to their goal of connecting with, and supporting, local agencies.
A standout ongoing project for the Rivendell SRC is preparing for, and running, a fundraising market stall. The student representatives hold a market stall once a term at Concord Hospital, and sell handmade products to fund raise for school programs. This project provides students with the opportunity to practice money-handling and business skills, and facilitates positive connections between our school and the wider community.
I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Wangal people who were one of the first Aboriginal people to encounter British settlers. The Wangal Clan lived in this place we now call Concord, and where Hen and Chicken Bay was an important Wangal Clan meeting place. The Wangal Clan is one of 29 clans of the Eora Nation. I would like to pay my respects to the Elders, both past, such as Bennelong, and present Elders and Aboriginal people of this land where we meet today.
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