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. We are an inclusive school, that believes in ensuring all children, particularly our most vulnerable, are capable and confident learners who excel at school.
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 Leader provides both proactive and restorative support to ensure students can work through and overcome their problems. A Pastoral Care Worker (currently vacant position) 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 Snowflake, 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 agency 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 / Brain Breaks
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. Teachers build in opportunities for Brain Breaks with aligned Interoception activities. Some students are targeted 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.
As part of our commitment to a restorative and proactive approach to support students a Wellbeing Regulations Champion Team have worked to embed a whole-school consistent approach to zones of regulation, which aligns to the Berry Street Model component of BODY. Deep analysis of student Wellbeing and Engagement data highlighted a whole-school need in emotional regulation and worries. A team of champions continue to ?Teach On? and our approach to zones is becoming embedded in every classroom and learning area. It is aimed towards using a consistent language for students to reflect on their emotional wellbeing and select strategies to support themselves.
Student Wellbeing Guidelines exist and families can access a copy of this resource here