Canterbury Public School

Participation, Equity & Excellence

Telephone02 9718 2884

Student health and safety

We are committed to ensuring a safe and happy environment for your child.

Canterbury Public School has a range of programs designed to create a safe and supportive environment for our students. Student leadership is provided by the school captains and the student representative council (SRC). We have a buddy program to support new Kindergarten students, and we have successful discipline programs that reinforce students' ability to make good choices. We also have the services of a school counsellor on-site as well as a range of support programs for students with learning difficulties. Students in the support unit enjoy social integration with the school community.  

We support your child’s health and safety through a range of strategies including:

For more information, visit the student wellbeing section of the department’s website.

Like all NSW public schools, we promote the healthy development of students through:

  • school programs and practices that protect and promote health and safety
  • supporting individual students who need help with health issues
  • providing first aid and temporary care of students who become unwell or who have an accident at school.

Student wellbeing

Like all NSW public schools, we provide safe learning and teaching environments to encourage healthy, happy, successful and productive students.

The department is committed to creating quality learning opportunities for children and young people. These opportunities support wellbeing through positive and respectful relationships and fostering a sense of belonging to the school and community.

The Wellbeing Framework for Schools helps schools support the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of students and allows them to connect, succeed and thrive throughout their education.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

At our school, we use Positive Behaviour for Learning – a whole-school approach for creating a positive, safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and develop. Our whole school community works together to establish expected behaviours and teach them to all students.

Canterbury Public School encourages all students to develop their leadership skills and have a sense of responsibility. We have class representatives, sports house captains, a class buddy program and playground buddies. We also run a student representative council and elect a Year 6 leadership team.

Year 6 leadership team

In Year 5, students are given the opportunity to nominate themselves or a classmate for school captain. The top 10 candidates give a speech to the whole school, who then participate in a secret ballot. The boy and girl with the most votes become captains for the following year, which are announced at Recognition Day by the current school captains. The remaining candidates, including vice captains, becoming members of the Year 6 leadership team. Members of the leadership team run events and assemblies, as well as help the teachers by raising the flags and representing the school at official ceremonies.

Student representative council

The student representative council (SRC) is made up of one boy and one girl elected by fellow students from each class, in a secret ballot. The students are elected based on their leadership and communication skills. The SRC meets regularly to give students a chance to put forward ideas about what they want improved and how we can achieve these changes as a school. The SRC are also responsible for fundraising for the school and charities.


As a way of making the transition to school a little less daunting for the Kindergarten children, during Term 1, each Kindergarten child is 'buddied' with a Year 6 student. The Year 6 students visit the Kindergarten children each week for a scheduled class, such as art or gardening. This interaction allows the younger children to get to know  the older children in the school while it also allows the older children to exercise leadership and nurturing roles within the school community.