Our school started its KidsMatter journey in 2014. KidsMatter is a framework that provides 'proven methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids' This video provides a 15 minute introduction to the program:
- social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
- working authentically with parents, carers and families
- support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.
How we support student engagement and wellbeing at QHPS
The Quarry Hill Primary School Wellbeing Program is a pro-active, multi-faceted program, which aims to empower students and embed social values. It addresses the health, safety, wellbeing and engagement of students and recognises that all young people, regardless of their circumstances and background, have the opportunity to participate and engage in learning opportunities and emerge equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the future. Our vision is to provide a safe and engaging environment that supports and promotes the behavioural, emotional and cognitive wellbeing of its students.
We have many programs in place to support the wellbeing of our students. Our Student Engagement Policy (for revision in 2017) outlines our approach to behaviour management as well as the support structures we have in place for the mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing of our students. Some of our wellbeing related programs include:
- A Social Worker on site every week;
- 3 tiered Behaviour Management approach (class & yard);
- 4 house groups (celebrating success in all areas of schooling);
- Leadership opportunities including School Captains, School Vice Captains, House Captains, Junior School Council;
- Fresh fruit Friday;
- COLE – Creating Our Learning Environment
- Alternative lunchtime programs - The staff at QHPS offer an alternative play program with a wide range of activities throughout the week. Our students can try activities such as art club, board games, dance, gardening, coding, computer club, lego and yard games. Clubs are a great way for students to meet new people who have similar interests and an opportunity to try new things.
Calmer Classrooms are centred on the importance of understanding our students in order to support them to achieve their full potential. It is about noticing our student’s positive behaviours and checking in to see that they are ready for learning. We highlight the importance of acknowledging students making positive decisions that relate to their behaviour. Classrooms provide a quiet space to aid students who may need extra support to self-regulate their emotions. Students are encouraged to be aware of their own feelings through the use of emotional literacy where students use a wide vocabulary to describe how they are feeling.
Logical consequences are implemented to ensure our students can make connections between their behaviour and the effects on others. We model restorative practices that help our students to restore relationships.
The aim of the Buddy program is to support students in the development of friendly and caring school communities to reduce bullying through encouraging older students to support our younger students in the school.
The core values of this program are;
· Caring for others
· Valuing difference
· Including others
At Quarry Hill Primary School our core social and emotional skills program is Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children build and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to:
• Understand and manage emotions
• Set and achieve positive goals
• Feel and express empathy
• Establish and maintain positive relationships
• Make responsible decisions
• Develop resilience to deal with change
• Create positive gender norms
• Contribute to social cohesion
A number of other SEL programs are used to complement Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships