OLHOC plays a pivotal role in providing students with the opportunity to gain greater social and emotional awareness and to practice interpersonal skills as they learn and grow.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can help students develop the understanding, strategies and skills that support a positive sense of self, promote respectful relationships and build student capacity to recognise and manage their own emotions and make responsible decisions.
SEL can teach children and young people the competencies and skills they need to effectively manage their emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth notes that schools who ensure that SEL is part of their teaching and learning can give students the opportunity to build the resilience to deal with change and unpredictability, an essential skill for positive mental health.
As students graduate towards higher levels of schooling, training and employment, social and emotional skills become increasingly important. Social and emotional competencies can help students in managing stress, deciding on goals and planning for the future. At OLHOC SEL is taught explicitly in every classroom.
For further information on SEL, visit the Catholic Educationwebsite.