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.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood promotes a secure, healthy and supportive environment for all members of our school community. Student wellbeing is a shared responsibility between home, school and the community. The school endeavours to provide a caring and nurturing environment for our students.

Programs and strategies are used to encourage and develop respectful relationships, positive social behaviours and critical and creative problem solving skills. These programs and strategies include: Social Skills, Anti–Bullying, Student Leadership and Student Awards.

Policies relevant to student wellbeing are located in the Policies and Enrolment sections of this website.

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.

The school has a professional counselor  who works with individual students and their families, as well as with groups of students. This counselor also shares her knowledge and expertise with the staff. If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind please contact the school immediately so the issues can be investigated.


Bullying is defined as the ONGOING AND DELIBERATE MISUSE OF POWER  through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm.  We have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.

Support services: