Every child learns best when they have the right mindset and conditions to enable them to be successful learners. Every staff member supports each student best when they are respected, supported and highly engaged. Every family works in partnership with us best when we have open communication and a respectful and solutions-focused approach.
Students' social and emotional needs are supported through a whole-school philosophy to nurture the holistic needs of each child. In order for children to be successful learners they need to come to school ready to learn. Key things that support a healthy start for your child include ensuring they have had enough sleep, making sure children eat a healthy breakfast, and ensuring a balanced approach to using technologies - especially in the period before bedtime.
Alongside our supportive and nurturing teachers, other adults across our site can help in the wellbeing area. A student Wellbeing Teacher provides both proactive and restorative support to ensure students can work through and overcome their problems. A Pastoral Care Worker supports and addresses student's immediate issues and is another connecting adult to check in and ensure students are coping. Based in our Wellbeing Hub, these staff members and Gordon, our Wellbeing Dog, help children to regulate, support their worries or anxieties, or are a listening ear for our families to drop in to make a time to chat in our Community Hub. We believe in assisting families with all forms of student mental health. Recommendations to use other agencies support is made to families whenever we believe your child will benefit from other professional support. We are a partner school of the Beyond Blue 'Be You' mental health school initiative. Please do not hesitate to come into school to speak with your child's teacher or a member of the leadership team if there is an area we can support you with.
Interoception is the ability to recognise and listen to the internal signals of your body and mind, and the physical reactions that this can cause. If we have good interoception we can read the signals our body is sending to us and do something to fix the unpleasant feeling.
Unfortunately, we don't always respond to the signals our body is sending or know how to read them. Learning to pay attention to their body signals can help children self-regulate and manage their emotions. Students have the opportunity to take part in a range of simple interoception activities designed to strengthen their ability to manage their internal, physical and emotional states and to learn strategies to help them respond in more positive ways.