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Our role and focus is to provide a well-rounded and supportive environment for students in Melbourne’s south-east. Our Wellbeing curriculum contributes to this mission and equips students with the knowledge and understanding they need to promote their own welfare and that of others.


Our Wellbeing curriculum is aligned to the Victorian Curriculum by teaching Personal and Social Capabilities and inspired by our Catholic identity. It is designed to teach students wellbeing skills as they relate to our three key focus areas: Relationships, Relevance, and Resilience.

Relationships — We Connect

Relationship is our connection to the world and everything we encounter. We encourage students to learn self-development skills and how to engage in healthy relationships with others. Relationship topics include: Self-Regulation; Connection and Belonging; Social-Emotional Intelligence; and Benefit Mindset.

Relevance — We Matter

Relevance is our sense of living a meaningful and purposeful life, and feeling good about what we are doing. Students are guided through ideas around accomplishment, meaning, purpose and engagement. Relevance topics include: Flow; Personal Values; Goal Setting; and Intrinsic Motivation.

Resilience — We Grow

Resilience is our ability to work through all of life’s ups and downs with a sense of optimism and hope. Students are taught the power and utility in cultivating positive emotions, mindfulness and resilience. Resilience topics include: Gratitude and Savouring; Positive Framing; Growth Mindset; and Grit.

Wellbeing for Learning

Wellbeing at St Francis Xavier College is inspired by Gospel values and benefits from a deep connection to the Catholic Identity of the College. Each aspect of the framework is explored in a way that promotes Catholic Social Teaching. The principles of human dignity, common good, solidarity, participation, stewardship and preferential support for those in need are embedded in our approach.

Informed by Evidence

Wellbeing at St Francis Xavier College is informed by a contemporary, evidence-based approach using the science of positive psychology. The College takes a strengths-based approach to supporting positive behaviour in helping each individual, and our community, to flourish. We embed key principles of positive education including: character strengths, mindfulness, gratitude, hope theory, growth and benefit mindsets, grit, flow, resilience, and more.

Linked to Achievement

Our approach to wellbeing recognises the significant link between student wellbeing and academic outcomes. Our framework is designed to reflect our belief that boosting personal wellbeing enables students to access the curriculum as well as a range of diverse pursuits and opportunities. Promoting student wellbeing is viewed as one of our most significant approaches to enabling student achievement.

Explicitly Taught

Our Wellbeing for Learning framework informs everyday interactions and is used by all staff in day to day life of the College as an essential component to student wellbeing. The skillset of the framework is embedded in College life and is also taught explicitly in Wellbeing classes.