We believe students learn best in an environment that is supportive and encouraging.

Students thrive when made welcome, allowing them to develop a sense of belonging within our school community in which they feel valued and respected.

Child Safety at FCJ College


All students enrolled at FCJ College have the right to feel safe and be safe. The wellbeing of children and young people in our care will always be our priority and we have ‘no tolerance’ for child abuse. We aim to create a child-safe and child-friendly environment where children and young people can live life abundantly without any concern for their safety.


Child safety is everyone’s responsibility. All FCJ College Council committee members, Principal and all other staff and volunteers, service providers and any other adult involved in child connected work are expected to actively contribute to a child safe culture by respecting the dignity of all. They are required to observe child-safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children.


Download our Child Safety Policies below:

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Positive Education, based on positive psychology, is a whole school commitment to wellbeing.


The aim is to develop a sense of community with the intent to encourage staff and students to learn, grow and thrive.


Positive Education is built into our curriculum that draws on positive psychology’s emphasis of individual strengths and personal motivation to promote learning.

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School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) The foundress of the FCJ Society Marie Madeleine d’Houet once said “Good example does much good.” Staff at FCJ College work hard on educating and witnessing this good example.


School Wide Positive Behaviour Support provides a foundation of thinking to guide our school’s work for defining, teaching, acknowledging appropriate behaviour and correcting inappropriate behaviour. School behaviour expectations are explicitly taught – if a child or young person does not know how to behave, we teach the expected behaviour.


SWPBS is for the whole school, it is preventative, and switches focus from negative behaviours and exchanges to positive expectations and interactions – leading to the promotion of academic, social and emotional competency. 


Introducing, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour at FCJ College is an important step in a child’s educational experience. Explicitly teaching our behavioural expectations and acknowledging students for demonstrating them is key to success. Below is the FCJ College SWPBS Matrix. This document indicates the behavioural expectations we expect and teach in each area of our school, based on the FCJ Characteristics of Companionship, Justice, Gentleness, Courage & Confidence.


FCJ College Characteristics





Learning Areas — Acknowledge others, Achieve more together, Listen actively.


Yard & Canteen — Look out for others, Be friendly.


Online — Be kind to others, Foster positive online relationships.


Community — Be kind to others, Foster positive online relationships, Be aware of your impact on others.


Everywhere — Be Supportive, Show empathy, Be inclusive.






Learning Areas — Respect everyone’s role, Respect space, resources & routines, Challenge injustice.


Yard & Canteen — Leave no trace, Care for our environment.


Online — Report unsafe activity, Use technology responsibly, Respect privacy.


Community — Stand up for what is right, Be agents of positive change.


Everywhere — Treat others the way you want to be treated.





Learning Areas — Keep calm, Listen as an opportunity to change one’s mind, Respect learning spaces.


Yard & Canteen — Take time to rest/relax, Use manners, Be kind.


Online — Be respectful of others, P.A.U.S.E before you post (Positive, Accurate, Useful, Supportive, Ethical).


Community — Be polite and use manners, Be respectful of surroundings, Be grateful.


Everywhere — Act with kindness.



Courage and confidence


Learning Areas — Do your best, Be organised, Adopt a growth mindset.


Yard & Canteen — Be sun smart, Look out for others, Report unsafe behaviour.


Online — Manage your screen time, Report unkind or bullying behaviour, Act with integrity.


Community — Show pride in your school, Respect others, Wear correct uniform.


Everywhere — Embrace opportunity.

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Services for Benalla


Benalla Health (Hospital)

45 Coster Street Benalla

Phone 5761 4222


Nurse on call

Phone 1300 606 024


North East Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (NECAMHS)

Phone 5723 8900

After hours 1300 881 104


North East Support & Action for Youth (NESAY)

5a 66-68 Nunn Street Benalla

Phone 5762 2880


Benalla Health

Counselling – Phone to make a free appointment

45 Coster Street Benalla

Phone 5761 4500


MIND Australia

Personalised support

Phone 5723 1000


CAV (Centre Against Violence)

Phone 5722 2203


Gateway Health

Drugs & alcohol support

Phone 5723 2000


Diversity Project

Same sex attracted, sex & gender diverse youth


Phone 5831 6157


Benalla Rural City Council

Youth Development Coordinator

Phone 5760 2600


School Counsellors and doctors can also help.


Online and Phone Services



Practical tools and support to help young people get through everyday issues and tough times



Advice and support for mental health issues

Phone 1300 224 636



Mental health services (12-25yo)


Phone 5823 8800



Youth Drug & Alcohol Advice

Phone 1800 458 685



Tips & forums to help 14-25 year-olds manage tough times



Talk about anything (5-25yo)

Phone 1800 551 800



Support and advice in a personal crisis

Phone 13 11 14


Suicide Call Back Service

Support if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal

Phone 1300 659 467




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