Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

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

Several other SEL programs are used to complement Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships


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 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 wellbeing worker on site every week.
  • Berry Street Education Model (BSEM) which provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables teachers to increase engagement of students with complex, unmet learning needs and to successfully improve all students’ self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth, and academic achievement.
  • A wellbeing dog that can support mental health and wellbeing,
  • 3-tiered Behaviour Management approach both in the classrooms and the playground.
  • 4 house groups (celebrating success in all areas of schooling);
  • Leadership opportunities including School Captains, School Vice Captains, House Captains, and Junior School Council.
  • Fresh fruit Friday and Food boxes.
  • COLE – Creating Our Learning Environment at the beginning of each term,
  • 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.


Buddies Program


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
  • Friendliness
  • Respect
  • Valuing difference
  • Including others
  • Responsibility


BeYou (formally KidsMatter)


Our school started its KidsMatter journey in 2014. KidsMatter (now BeYou) 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'

BeYou promotes:

  • Social and emotional learning (including evidence-based social and emotional learning programs)
  • Working authentically with parents, carers, and families (creating partnerships)
  • Support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.




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