Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:
school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
supporting individual students who need help with health issues
providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.
Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.
The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.
The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.
Student leadership helps young people find their voices, participate in decision-making, and understand their rights and responsibilities as active citizens. It helps students have a real impact on their learning and school environment and prepares them to participate meaningfully in their community.
Students can be leaders in the classroom, through their actions in the playground, through their support for others, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or local community events or projects.
Leadership programs pose a number of challenges at FSC.
The campus students only have three terms to get to know each other before electing student leaders.
There are over 300 students in any year group.
Students need to consider the benefits of leadership while at the same time, not losing sight of the academic goals they may have set for themselves.
How do we meet these challenges?
Students are encouraged to become involved in campus activities: STA, sporting events and other activities run for students.
Students are encouraged to be positive and active in mentoring- show other students that they have ideas, goals and offer support for other students. The recent initiative of the "Your voice" suggestion box is an example of how student leaders have facilitated their peers' ideas, such as extra outdoor seating and recycling in classrooms.
Students should take any opportunity offered to them - Women's Leadership Days, community leadership opportunities and school assemblies.
Students are given organisational skills such as time management, personal learning programs and self-directed learning skills.
These allow our senior leaders to be active in campus life in many areas: organising major campus ceremonies such as Prize Giving, carnivals, charity events and Year Assemblies.
The highly structured selection procedures allow any student to take part in the leadership group and develop their skills in public speaking, interview techniques, CV writing and project management.
Once elected, the small body of students are then entrusted with many leadership roles that they can successfully manage while maintaining academic standards. Although the demands of leadership can be quite high, the personal growth stemming from this role is outstanding.
Students don't have to be school captains to be considered leaders. We encourage our students to be leaders in the classroom and playground, through their support for other students, or their involvement in academic, sporting, cultural or community events and projects.