Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR)

Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) Curriculum

In 2016, Respectful Relationships education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 12 and is being taught in all Government and Catholic schools and many independent schools. A core element of this initiative is the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) curriculum. It also addresses the Personal & Social Capabilities of Victorian Curriculum, also referred to as Social & Emotional Curriculum, SEL. It builds on these skills through explicit teaching and opportunities for practice through role-play.

Personal & Social Capabilities, Victorian Curriculum:

  • Self-awareness and management - students learning to recognise and regulate emotions
  • Social-awareness and management - develop empathy for others and understand the importance of positive relationships, work effectively in teams, and develop leadership skills, and handle challenging situations constructively.

Respectful Relationships

Marymede Catholic College is a Respectful Relationships School. The Respectful Relationships teaching and learning program is mapped against the personal capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum and is approved and supported by Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools (MACS). Respectful Relationships is an evidence-based, whole school approach to building a school culture of positive attitudes and behaviours, based on equality. Respected institutions such as VicHealth and the Department of Education are behind the development of the Respectful Relationships program. It is further supported by evidence from the World Health Organisation, The Royal Commission into Family Violence and others.

We recognise that, as a Respectful Relationships school, Marymede is:

  • a workplace where all staff and students should feel equally respected, safe, valued and have equal opportunities;
  • a safe space where young people can learn about gender equality and respectful relationships, in and out of the classroom;
  • part of the wider community that can model gender equality and respectful relationships.

Through our teaching and learning programs, our students are developing their understanding of the central importance of relationships in their lives. They are developing skills in how to build these relationships through positive and respectful interactions and consideration for others.

Topics in the program include:

  • Emotional literacy
  • Personal strengths
  • Positive coping
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management
  • Help-seeking
  • Gender and identity
  • Positive gender relations

We encourage parents to talk to your child/ren about what they are learning about in their Respectful Relationships lessons.

Marymede receives funding and ongoing training and support from the Department of Education to support the implementation of Respectful Relationships. We are also part of a community hub with other Catholic schools in the area.

Click here if you would like to learn more about the Respectful Relationships approach.