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We Help Each Other to Be Successful

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Student Wellbeing

Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School Eltham

At Our Lady’s we support the experience of belonging for every child by creating a welcoming, inviting, consistent and safe environment.

The social and emotional health and wellbeing of all our students is paramount to establishing a safe and supportive environment. We work toward establishing as many links as possible between home, school and community.

Every aspect of school life aims to contribute to the wellbeing of each student.  We believe that the emotional and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to their success at primary school, as adolescents and in their future lives. Physically and emotionally healthy students are able to deal positively with life’s challenges, experience a sense of connectedness with the school and others and are well placed to develop into well balanced, happy and successful young adults.

To support and manage this important area we have a designated Student Wellbeing Leader on staff as well as Year 6 Student Wellbeing Leaders. 

All students benefit from:

  • The explicit teaching and learning of social-emotional skills;

  • A School Wide Positive Behaviour framework where all students are taught the behaviours we want to see and are rewarded for their commitment to these positive behaviours;

  • A Restorative Practice approach to restoring all relationships when a conflict arises;

  • Explicit teaching of being safe, responsible and respectful in the on-line world through our eSmart program;

  • Our buddy program based on the Alannah and Madeline Better Buddies framework;

  • Understanding of gender equality through our Respectful Relationships program;

  • Being safe through our Child Safety standards.

 

The children are encouraged to be Bucket Fillers, where they consciously  make  the effort to fill someone else's 'bucket' through their words and actions. Our school motto, ‘We help each other to be successful’ is the daily focus for their own and others’ learning.

5 school statements are promoted widely to support the learning and wellbeing for each child and their teachers:

  • Follow directions

  • Listen to the speaker without interrupting

  • Move and act safely

  • Take care of all property and our environment

  • Speak in a friendly way

 

Social-Emotional Skills

Social and emotional learning is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. These are essential life skills that support wellbeing and positive mental health. Social and emotional skills promote children’s ability to cope with difficulties and help to prevent mental health problems. Children who have developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, resolve conflict, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them.

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Wellbeing Programs

  • Passive Play

  • SWELL (Student Wellbeing) Whole School Focus

  • Respectful Relationships

  • FIRE Carrier School

  • School Leaders Focus

  • Lunchtime Activity Groups - initiated and led by students

  • Prep Buddies Program

  • Transition Program Prep and Year 6

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eSmart Cyber Safety

Children are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital era and are learning to navigate the online world at a younger and younger age. We need to ensure our schools are equipped to teach children, and the whole community, how to benefit from online technology whilst being savvy and prepared for the pitfalls - cyber bullying, scams, fraud, exposure to predators and inappropriate content.