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In St. Mary's, pupils are encouraged to develop and maintain healthy and positive relationships with others.

Relationships with others are important at any age and should be both healthy and positive. When we experience difficulties in our relationship with other people, this can have an impact on our physical health, our mental and emotional well-being, our self-esteem and our progress in school.

Healthy and positive relationships with others are characterised by:

  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Support 
  • Respect
  • Compromise
  • Honesty
  • Shared Interests
  • Acceptance
  • Happiness 
  • Ability to Resolve Conflict
  • Empathy and Understanding

Unhealthy and negative relationships with others are characterised by:

  • Physical and/or Mental Abuse
  • Lack of Communication
  • Lack of Support
  • Lack of Trust
  • Lack of Respect
  • Manipulative / Overpowering / Controlling Behaviour
  • Peer Pressure
  • Nothing in Common
  • Secrecy
  • Coercion 

You should assess your relationships with others and, if you have any concerns, you should talk to someone you trust. The information in this section offers some advice on how you might manage your relationships with others.