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By TRACEY EDSTEIN
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Maree Martin, an experienced and well
respected principal in a number of local
Catholic primary schools, has been
appointed Co-ordinator, Student Wellbeing,
at the Catholic Schools Office. Maree is
responsible for programs and frameworks at
schools throughout the Hunter and Manning
Regions. Aurora spoke to Maree about
1 'Wellbeing' is a broad term and therefore
'Co-ordinator, Student Wellbeing' could
be seen as a daunting title. What is
'wellbeing' and what does your role involve?
Wellbeing is an important approach for
developing students' social, emotional and
academic competence. It also significantly
contributes to preventing youth depression,
suicide, self-harm, anti-social behaviours
and substance abuse. Wellbeing affects
most aspects of what students do at school
and includes a positive mood and attitude,
resilience, and satisfaction with self,
relationships and experiences at school. My
role is to see what we are doing now, and
then, with a collaborative and systematic
approach to achieve even better outcomes
for our students.
2 What experience do you bring to
For almost forty years I've been privileged
to work across public, private and systemic
education sectors, locally and interstate.
Graduating from Newcastle Teachers
College, I majored in Special Education. I
am a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, working
in this field for a number of years, and I
was a consultant in Special Education. I
am a registered psychologist. My work with
families, students and staff has been rich,
rewarding and varied.
3 Why appoint a Co-ordinator,
Catholic schools already offer a variety of
programs to promote student wellbeing.
This position recognises a growing body of
work that indicates our efforts need to be
more co-ordinated. This role enables us to
maximise the services provided in schools,
and enhance even further our students'
wellbeing. While schools have always been
focused on students, this position allows
us to state specifically that we are about
making schools safe, supportive and
respectful learning environments where
difference is valued and respected. We
are co-ordinating the services provided by
schools and realigning our diocesan focus
to complement national and international
directions in this field. Over time, we can
build capacity so that our identification of,
and response to, situations in schools will
be in accordance with best practice.
4 How does the role fit the particular
context of Catholic schools?
Christ is the centre of our work. He
promoted wellbeing -- wholeness -- inclusion
--- with many who were cast apart from
their communities: the lepers, the poor,
the fallen and those who were different. "I
came that they may have life, and have it
abundantly" (Jn 10:10). Here we have a rich
heritage from the religious communities
who established our schools to bring Jesus
to our students. School communities
continue this work. Best practice in
wellbeing will promote wholeness in mind,
body and spirit for our students.
5 What is rewarding about the role? What
The role offers many challenges and I am
sure, many joys. To be a part of the re-
creation of the best learning communities for
students is indeed a privilege. The challenge
at the beginning of this journey is that there
is no map. It will require the harnessing of
the wisdom and skills of many to ensure that
our students are well equipped in the social,
emotional, spiritual and academic domains
so they will contribute fully to their world.
Our goal is for our young people to embrace
and enjoy the challenges of their lives, with
the capacity to bounce back in the face
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