Student Wellbeing – VALUES EDUCATION

Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing refers to students’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing and development which is integral to learning.

It includes – Values Education

Values Education

What are values?

It is our values that determine our thinking and behaviour. They are the principles, fundamental convictions, standards or life stances that act as the general guides to our behaviour. They are enduring beliefs about what is worthwhile, the ideals for which we strive. They are the standards by which particular beliefs and actions are judged to be good or desirable. They help us to make decisions and evaluate the actions of others (Hawkes, Neil: How to Inspire and Develop Positive Values in Your Classroom, 2003)

The explicit teaching of values in Catholic schools is consistent with the Gospel teachings of Jesus and as such is at the heart of the central mission of all schools. The National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools promotes nine values for Australian schooling. The nine values are:

  1. Care and Compassion: Care for self and others
  2. Doing Your Best: Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable
  3. Fair Go: Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society
  4. Freedom: Enjoy all the rights and privledges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others
  5. Honesty and Trustworthiness: Be honest, sincere and seek the truth
  6. Integrity: Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct; ensure consistency between words and deeds
  7. Respect: Treat others with consideration and reguard, respect another person’s point of view
  8. Responsibility: Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment
  9. Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion: Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others

(Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2005, National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, www.valueseducation.edu.au/values)

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