We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.

Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.

At the heart of Bethlehem College Ashfield is our Take 5 pastoral care program. The college seeks to assist each student in her spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. This program is built upon the core foundation of the homeroom circle, a pastoral group based on House groupings in which activities are designed to build relationships, resilience and deepen personal growth.

The college offers a number of whole school wellbeing initiatives including: Breakfast Club three mornings per week, the Big Sister Little Sister program to assist Year 7 students to transition to high school and the creative opportunity for students to contribute to our the wellbeing wall.

The pastoral care of our students is overseen by all staff who, as homeroom circle mentors, work in partnership with year coordinators, the wellbeing coordinator, college counsellor and parents to ensure the wellbeing of each student.

Students gathered at the well-being wall

Anti-bullying policy

Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.

If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.

Support services:

Contact information for our school: 
NSW School Liaison Police. Phone Number: 9797 4099
School Counsellor (if applicable). Phone Number: 9798 9099
Community Services Helpline: Phone Number: 133 627
NSW Health. Phone Number: 9391 900
Parent Line NSW number: 1300 1300 52