All NSW public school students have a right to an inclusive learning environment and to feel happy and safe at school.
Aboriginal student support
We are committed to closing the achievement gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know that we need to learn about, nurture and value the cultural identity of our Aboriginal students to help them be successful learners.
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family members, parents and carers, as well as community members to our school so that we can get to know each other, learn about the local Aboriginal community and develop shared goals and plans for Aboriginal students.
The Aboriginal Education Policy confirms the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to improvement in educational outcomes and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Our school welcomes students, families and community members from all cultural backgrounds. We appreciate difference and diversity and aim to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive environment that benefits all students.
Our teaching and learning programs develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. Our school fosters student wellbeing and community harmony by implementing anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies that encourage engagement by parents and carers from all backgrounds.
The Multicultural Education Policy outlines the NSW Department of Education’s commitment to providing opportunities that enable all students to achieve equitable education and social outcomes and participate successfully in our culturally diverse society.
The Anti-Racism Policy confirms the department’s commitment to rejecting all forms of racial discrimination in NSW public schools and eliminating expressions of racism in its learning and working environments.
For more information refer to:
Supporting English language learners
Learning English is essential for success at school and effective participation in Australian society. We can provide specialist support to help students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D).
For more information refer to: EAL/D education.
Supporting refugee students
Schools offer safety, support and security to help refugee students adjust to life in Australia and participate successfully in education. Targeted support strategies are provided to assist refugee students in NSW public schools.
For more information refer to: Supporting refugee students.
The school’s learning and support team plays a key role in ensuring we meet the specific needs of students with additional learning and support needs, including disability.
- supports teachers in identifying and responding to the additional learning needs of students
- facilitates and coordinates a whole-school approach to improving the learning outcomes of every student
- coordinates planning processes and resourcing for students with additional learning and support needs
- designs and implements the support required to build teacher capacity so that all students access quality learning
- develops collaborative partnerships with the school, parents and carers as well as other professionals and the wider school community.
For more information on programs and services to help students with additional learning and support needs, visit Disability, learning and support.
Bullying of any kind is not acceptable in NSW schools.
The NSW anti-bullying website brings together information and resources for teachers, students, parents and carers. It helps to identify, prevent and respond effectively to student bullying, including online bullying. It provides information about online safety and what you can do if your child has been bullied, witnessed bullying or been involved in bullying.
For more information on anti-bullying strategies for NSW public schools refer to the department’s Bullying of Students – Prevention and Response Policy.
For information on racial bullying and anti-racism education for NSW public schools refer to:
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.
For more information about opportunities in NSW public schools visit Student voice and leadership.
Personal growth and leadership
At Arcadia Public School we constantly look for opportunities to develop leadership qualities in all our students through a wide range of formal and informal learning activities. We also include processes and structures where students’ views are incorporated into decisions made about school life to foster ownership and identity. We build the understanding and skills of leadership through the total curriculum and the many varied activities of school life.
Student leadership activities link strongly with learning about citizenship and the processes involved in a democracy.
Personal growth and student leadership skills involve opportunities which encourage students to act in roles with integrity and honesty, to take on responsibilities and to work with others to determine and achieve collective goals. Students are encouraged to be active, reflective listeners who respond effectively and to earn the respect of others through their actions.
All Year Six students are encouraged to take on a range of leadership roles which support staff and other students.
Our Student Parliament is run by Year Six students. Each student holds a ministerial role, through which they are responsible for an area of the school. The Student Parliament meets twice a term where issues are discussed and voted upon. The aim of the School Parliament is to provide all students with an opportunity to play an active role in the decision-making process of the school and to experience a democratic system.
Peer Support is a fundamental aspect of our Pastoral Care ethos.
The Peer Support Program provides and evidence-based, peer-led approach to enhance the mental, social and emotional wellbeing of our students.
The program focuses on developing connections between students, and to strengthen their ability to meet life’s challenges and pressures with confidence and perseverance.
Bounce Back Program
All classes participate in the evidence-based Bounce Back wellbeing and resilience program. It is a whole-school social and emotional learning curriculum program which promotes positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Through Bounce Back we have embedded the common values of Respect, Cooperation, Friendliness, Acceptance, Support and Integrity to the culture of Arcadia PS.
Life is a complex journey and everyone experiences setbacks, frustrations and hard times at different stages of life. We cannot protect young people from stress but as educators we can make a significant contribution to their welfare by teaching them coping skills and creating class and school environments which promote their resilience.