The school places a great emphasis around the emotional wellbeing of students. Each classroom teaches the values that the school embraces, such as persistence, resilience, honesty, excellence and respect.
Wellbeing topics that are covered in weekly sessions include the Respectful Relationships program, aspects of the Berry Street program such as mindfulness, daily check ins and brain breaks. Other topics covered in wellbeing sessions include emotional regulation as well as topics such as what to do if you’re bullied; the concept of naming it and standing up for ourselves in a strong way.
The school currently has a Mental Health in Primary School practitioner, Lisa Haythorpe, who supports the school through building the capacity of the staff to support students and identify students who may be experiencing wellbeing and mental health difficulties. She also works with families from our school community around a range of issues. Lisa will assist teachers and families to access outside services such as counselling, therapy, Foodshare and relevant supprt services.
A copy of the SHPS Wellbeing Program is available on request. It addresses the following issues:-