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The academic, emotional, social, physical and spiritual wellbeing of our students, in light of our vision statement, is extremely important to their success at St. Charles Borromeo and in their future lives.

At St. Charles Borromeo, we highly value the wellbeing of our students and to support and manage this important area, we have a Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator on staff. We acknowledge the importance of our young people to be socially and emotionally strong so as they can become valuable and happy citizens in today’s world.

Restorative Practice

St. Charles Borromeo is a Restorative School. This means all staff are trained in Restorative Practice. Restorative Practice is a framework of behaviour management that moves away from the traditional punitive response to any indisgression that may happen to your child or by your child. While still providing limits and consequences, it looks for ways to repair the damaged relationships and improve existing relationships. The Restorative School believes in the “Three R’s” - Relationships, Responsibility and Relevance.

In working with the student/s using a Restorative Approach, a staff member uses four (4) main questions:

  1. What happened?
  2. Who was hurt/ affected by what happened?
  3. What needs to happen to make things right?
  4. If the same situation happens again, how could you behave differently?
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Values Quality Mark

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St. Charles Borromeo is the first Australian school to have been accredited as a Values Based School and have been granted the Values Education Quality Mark.


The year began with our involvement in the Alannah and Madeline e-smart pilot and trial study. This was a federal government funded study looking at keeping our children safe in the cyber world. It involved attending workshops and reporting to a list of criteria which culminated in us being accredited as an e-smart school. We held a day of workshops for members of our community on cyber safety-our grade 3/4/5 and 6s in the afternoon, staff after school and parents/carers in the evening. This was facilitated by ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority).

Schools First Award

Our strong relationship with the Alannah and Madeline foundation continues to flourish. This relationship has led to a successful application for a Schools First Impact Award. Over 1,000 applications were received Australia wide and 16 schools were successful in Victoria. This award celebrates the partnership we have with Roseville Apartments and their residents and our grade 5 students. This partnership was an outcome of the Federal Government’s Values Education Good Practice School’s project that we were a lead school in which began in 2004.

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Children Learn What They Live (2005)

by Duen Hsi Yen

If children live with protection, they learn to feel safe
If children live with honesty, they learn to feel trustful
If children live with peace, they learn to feel calm
If children live with sharing, they learn to feel thankful
If children live with understanding, they learn to feel encouraged
If children live with laughter, they learn to feel happy
If children live with creativity, they learn to feel inspired
If children live with choice, they learn to feel free
If children live with community, they learn to feel supported
If children live with accomplishment, they learn to feel confident
If children live with meaning, they learn to feel fulfilled
If children live with love, they learn to feel tender