Our school aims to provide a safe, secure and caring environment, which allows for the development of adaptable, independent and confident students with high self efficacy. We believe all members of the school community have the right to work and learn in an environment that respects the rights of others, values diversity and values the individual.
Our school’s proactive approach to student wellbeing is aligned to Positive Education and the PERMAH model. The school draws upon the VIA character strengths to anchor the development of social emotional intelligence. Emotional Intellegence and Growth Mindset are explicitly taught through each of the units of inquiry and also as standalone lessons in each child's Wellbeing Journal/Student Planner.
The school uses Restorative Practice approaches to appropriately handle challenging student interactions. This gives all parties an opportunity to be heard and values each of their perspectives.
We have two dedicated Student Welfbeing Officers who provide additional support to those students that need additional wellbeing support. This can include directly supporting the student themselves or the families and staff who are caring for the child.
We invite you to visit the policies page of our school website to gain a greater understanding of our wellbeing programs:
- Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy
- Bullying Prevention Policy
- Inclusion and Diversity Policy.
The aim of the Better Buddies Framework is to create friendly and caring primary school communities where bullying is reduced. The Framework is funded by The ‘Alannah and Madeline Foundation’, which is a national charity that protects children from violence. The Better Buddies Framework helps students to develop pro-social skills. The activities focus on core values such as friendliness, responsibility, respect, caring for others, valuing and supporting difference and including others. The Better Buddies program is specifically designed to help children understand and use these values in safe, supportive social settings.
The Buddy System is between the Preps and the Year 5s and helps to:
• Ease transition of younger students.
• Build relationships between peers.
• Provide activities that develop pro-social skills.
• Encourage leadership, responsibility and respect in older students.
• Enable younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected.
• Foster a sense of whole school community.
• Extend or enhance a peer support structure already implemented at the school
The student code of conduct contains the following principles concerning the rights of members of the school community:
- The right to be safe.
- The right to be treated with respect.
- The right to learn, work and play without interference.
We believe all members of the school community have the right to work and learn in an environment that respects these rights and upholds the value of the individual. Teachers’ selective use of preventative strategies lessens the frequency, severity and escalation of inappropriate behaviours. A planned intervention program developed around choices and logical consequences is implemented at both a classroom and whole-school level to assist the behavioural education of students.
The management of student behaviour is outlined in our classroom and out-of-classroom rules, which are designed involving students, to ensure the safety of everyone and not compromise the teaching and learning environment.