Student Wellbeing and Engagement
Student Engagement and WellBeing Policy - Click here to view our Student Engagement and WellBeing Policy (PDF)
Our core values of Respect, Teamwork, Effort and Persistence, Inclusivity and School Pride are woven into the daily fabric of our school. To do this we have developed a whole school approach to Student Wellbeing utilizing a broad range of strategies.
Our Buddy Program links our prep and year 5 students. The aim of the program is to:
- assist children in supporting their peers
- listen to and work with younger children in a positive, supportive environment
- develop children's social skills to enable them to get along with others
- develop children's feelings of compassion and empathy with others
- encourage children to relate to and empathise with characters outside their immediate environment
- assist students in expressing their ideas and thoughts with others
- encourage students to be aware of vulnerable younger students who will benefit from their support.
A strong Program for Students with a Disability (PSD) supports students funded under the Department of Education and Early Childhood’s Disability and Impairment program, through the appointment of Education Support staff who work in conjunction with teachers and families to support special needs.
Start Up Program
At the commencement of the year, we implemented our “Start Up Program”. The program fosters children working together, supporting one another, developing greater respect for themselves and others. It also promotes a common language across all sectors of the school and common expectations around behaviours
As the need arises, a teacher is asked to work with a student who is deemed at risk by staff. The teacher/student match is not linked to the direct teaching responsibility of the teacher. At risk encompasses children who may have social, emotional or learning problems. Children are not informed they are part of the program. Teachers make informal contact with these children. A special friend does not have to be a class teacher.
Student of the Week
Classes regularly honour students with Student of the Week awards, which emphasise the ways in which an individual student is special. At assembly, a highlight is the announcement of award winners and achievers. Throughout the year every child is presented with an award.
Classroom and yard rules are negotiated and owned by the children. All teachers focus on developing a common language when we talk about behaviour so there are no ambiguities. We provide lunchtime activities including library and sport practices as well as student and staff challenges. Staff have developed an agreed process which clearly outlines responsibilities and what should happen if responsibilities are not met in the yard or in the classroom.
A key to ensuring an effective wellbeing program is to ensure our parents are regularly communicated with and involved. We have a weekly newsletter and assembly. We hold Information Evenings including parenting programs. We actively encourage Parent Helpers in our school and run training programs to assist them.
We have produced booklets and brochures outlining many strategies used by the school along with ways parents can support their children.
Our professional and caring staff have unconditional positive regard for children. They teach expertly and also actively promote the development of positive personal relationships with students.
YOU CAN DO IT PROGRAM
This program provides all children with the foundations for achievement and social well-being in school, work and the world of tomorrow.
- Never judge yourself as „good‟ or „bad‟ on the basis of the quality/standard of schoolwork Know that the biggest mistake is being afraid of making mistakes
- Do not be overly concerned about what others think about you
- Try hard
- Make mistakes
- Make positive predictions about success
- Take credit for success
- Have another go
- Stick to a job, even when it seems too hard, or even boring.
- Set both short and long term goals
- Manage homework well
- Understand the importance of homework
- Break down tasks into small steps
- Set a time frame for completion of each step
- Label things
- Establish routines.
GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS
Getting Along Habits
- Discuss actions and behaviours not people
- To protect your rights, follow the rules
- Think about alternative courses of action
- Think about possible consequences of proposed actions
- nticipate other people’s feelings and responses.
- Knowing how to stay calm and being able to stop yourself from getting extremely angry, down or worried when something "bad‟ happens.
- Finding something fun to do
- Finding someone to talk to
- Being assertive
- Changing negative to positive self-talk
- Not blowing things out of proportion
- Figuring out how to solve the problem.
Lyndale Greens Primary School Learning Community
At Lyndale Greens Primary School our purpose as an effective learning community is to believe in the achievement of excellence and the fulfilment of potential in a happy, caring and safe environment where students, staff and families feel a strong connection to each other and the school. We are committed to fostering a lifelong love of learning. We actively engage students in a range of authentic learning experiences. Through these our children will develop understandings and competencies needed to be successful learners and citizens in a rapidly changing world.
Rights and Responsibilities
Rights and Responsibilities of the School Community
Every member of the school community has a right to fully participate in an educational environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.