Wellbeing is Paramount at CBC

Wellbeing is of paramount importance in our lives, as it encompasses our physical, mental, and emotional health, and directly impacts our overall quality of life.

When any one of these areas is suffering it can be challenging to focus on anything else in our lives. However, wellbeing is not merely the absence of illness but the presence of positive elements such as happiness, a measure of achievement, and a sense of purpose.

In an educational setting the relevance of wellbeing in undeniable as it influences our ability to be at our best, make meaningful contributions and maintain fulfilling relationships. In an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, the pursuit of wellbeing is not a luxury but a necessity.


Recently, during a Samson House morning Mass, the students and staff heard from the Gospel of Matthew which declares, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you". At the conclusion of the Mass, I had the opportunity to address the students present and asked them to consider their ability to self-advocate. This extract from sacred text struck me with its relevance and application to our student and parent bodies, particularly supporting our student's wellbeing.

It sat with me: Do our students ask for help with their in-class learning? Do they seek out information for co-curricular activities and clubs? Do they request for support and are we able to respond in the ways that they need? Opening avenues for student voice and inviting this has been a work-in-progress for our pastoral team. While our most effective strategy is always fostering strong relationships with students, we have also worked to develop opportunities for them to share their experiences in ways in which they feel comfortable. For example, our termly wellbeing surveys and the Stymie anonymous reporting platform have proved invaluable in proactive pastoral care. We always want to know what and how are students think, feel and experience the world around them. If they can share this with us – their mentor teacher, classroom teacher, Head of House or any of their trusted adults – then we can support and assist them in any challenges they face. This is our business, our daily task, and one of the most enjoyable parts of the teaching profession.

Further to this, at CBC Fremantle we commonly use the term 'partnership' to describe the relationship between the College and family. We acknowledge parents and caregivers as the primary educators while also accepting our professional knowledge and expertise in this space. As such, we call on this vital partnership to support our work – we welcome and call on insights and concerns from our community. We would hope that our community feel a sense of trust to communicate openly with College staff regarding the trials and tribulations, as well as successes, of our students. It is then that staff can take action, respond and find a harmonious path forward.

Combining our efforts can create synergy between home and school which not only contributes to academic success but also fosters a well-rounded, confident and happy child. Being part of a young person's journey is a privilege – the College is here to support our student and caregivers in unlocking their potential – as such, we welcome communication and partnership from our students, and families.

Ms Emer Hickey
Director of Wellbeing