Child Safety

At St Mary's we believe that the social, emotional, moral, spiritual and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to their health, saftey, learning and success.

At St Mary's we acknowledge and understand that child safety is the responsibility of every person and is an integral aspect of students wellbeing. We aim to work collaboratively with parents, students and other community members to ensure a safe school environment.

Our commitment to the protection of students is based in our belief that each person is made in the image of God, and our ethos is to provide a safe and supportive enviroment. All students have the right to expect that the school will always act to protect them from any kind of harm.

In 2019, a select group of students and staff rewrote the Child Safe Standards in child friendly language, so that they were able to be understood and valued by the school community of St Mary’s. These ‘Child Safety Standards for the children of St Mary’s’ have become an important part of our classrooms and our weekly liturgy. The Child Safety Standards for the children of St Mary’s are as follows:

  • We have zero tolerance to any form of violence or child abuse.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to help others feel safe.
  • As a school community we have conversations about our goal that all children should be treated with respect and care.
  • We value differences in people. All members of our school community should feel respected and included.
  • All children at St Mary’s have a right to feel safe and be safe regardless of their racial, language or religious background.
  • Children, at St Mary’s you know that you can speak to any staff member, or the Principal directly, should you ever feel unsafe.

Please follow the links for futher information on child safety:

Code of Conduct

CECV Commintment Statement to Child Safety

CEVN Child Safety Material

Pastoral Care Policy

Child Protection and Safety Policy

Anti-Grooming Policy