From Amanda, Rohan and Caroline,

Student Wellbeing


The wellbeing of all of our students is of paramount importance to us. Teaching our students skills in social and emotional learning is embedded in classroom practice daily, just as literacy and numeracy is. The school utilises a variety of strategies to ensure our students build the social capabilities required to thrive both at school and beyond.

 

- Restorative Practices is adopted by the school as a key strategy in resolving conflict and building empathy amongst our students. It is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged by bringing about a sense of empathy and understanding the impact on self and others. It requires all students involved in an incident to work together to share and listen to what has happened from each student’s perspective, come to a collective understanding and work together to ‘restore justice’. These ‘restorative chats’ are facilitated by our teachers, who are supported in building their own skills in this through professional learning.

 

 - The Student Wellbeing Team is a group of teachers who lead this area in the school. One of these teachers is released for 50 minutes after lunch to follow-up incidents in the yard and conduct ‘restorative chats’ with students. In accordance with our policy, one of these teachers may contact you if your child has been involved in an incident, including if they have been hurt or if there is a pattern of behaviour and further follow-up is required. The School Leadership Team work closely with the Student Wellbeing Team in following-up incidents and building capacity in teachers. The Student Wellbeing Team also meet together fortnightly to review their practices and put preventative measures in place to ensure our students feel safe and supported at school.


 - One initiative from the Student Wellbeing Team is the Indoor Play program. Teachers volunteer their time during lunch to offer students alternative activities to playing outside. These include reading, drawing, mindfulness, dance, yoga and board games.


 - The school provides a range of strategies in the classroom for the development of the whole child, including the LADIT (Let’s All Do It Together) Program at the beginning of each year, ‘Life Education’, ‘Family Life’ (Years 5 & 6), use of Restorative Practices and a focus through each unit of inquiry on the Personal and Social Capability of the Victorian Curriculum.


 - Students and families are also further supported where required through the DET’s Psychologist and Speech Therapist, as well as our ‘Oz Child’ Counsellor.


 - Teachers are supported in building their skills in this area through professional learning facilitated both by school leadership and external specialists, including representatives from the Department of Education and Training, Berry Street and Educational Consultant Vivien Smith.


Our approach to Student Wellbeing is framed in policy available on our school website (About Us > School Policies), including our Child Safe Policy and Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy. We invite you to refer to those documents for further information or contact your classroom teacher or a member of the school leadership team.


End of Term 3

Thank you to everyone for their hard work and support this term. It has been a busy one with some wonderful events, including Bastille Day, the 100th Day of Prep, Year 3/4 Camp, the Preparatory Visit from the Council of International Schools, Book Week, Father’s Day celebrations, the Athletics Carnival, the ‘Amity’ Production and concluding today with ‘Footy Colours Day’.


We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy break and look forward to seeing you at the beginning of Term 4.