STUDENT WELLBEING

Kent Park Primary School is committed to providing a supportive and safe learning environment that caters for the diverse academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of all students. Our aim is for our students to make positive choices and be resourceful, resilient, confident, creative and caring individuals. We support our student’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing through Restorative Practices, KidsMatter and TRIBES.

 

Restorative Practices

At Kent Park we acknowledge the importance that student wellbeing has on the academic progress of our students. We value each one of our students and recognise the importance of having clear expectations and strategies in place to support students in being the best people that they can be. In line with our strong commitment to student wellbeing, restorative practices enable us to support and guide students in developing the tools needed to make good choices and be respectful of others.

 

Restorative practices aim to build classroom communities that are supported by clear agreements, communication, and tools which bring issues and conflicts forward in a refective and purposeful nature. In this way we can repair harm by bringing together those who are affected by the misbehaviour or issue in conversations which give students the platform to express themselves respectfully, achieve a mutual understanding and then move forward. We are esentially shifting the focus from the negative behaviour, to how we can turn an issue into a learning experience for those involved through effective communication and consideration for those around us.

Questioning used to respond to the issue/behaviour: Questioning used to help those harmed by others:

What happened?
What were you thinking of at the time?

What have you thought about since?

Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?

What do you need to do to make things right?

 

What did you think when you realized what had happened?

What impact has this incident had on you and others?

What has been the hardest thing for you?

What do you think needs to happen to make things right? 

 

 

TRIBES

TRIBES is a learning culture that supports students in developing the skills and resilience to be successful learners and members of a community. At Kent Park we aim to engage all students, teachers and families in working together as a learning community that is dedicated to meaningful participation and positive expectations for all.
TRIBES is built around four agreements; Attentive ListeningMutual Respect, Appreciations and Right to Pass.

These four agreements are displayed in every classroom within our school, supporting students in being successful, caring and collaborative learners. We encourage students to be reflective, honest and supportive of one another, celebrating successes and working together to be problem-solvers and overcome challenges.

 

KidsMatter

KidsMatter is a whole-school approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. 

The seven guiding principles are:

  1. The best interests of children are paramount
  2. Respectful relationships are foundational
  3. Diversity is respected and valued
  4. Parents and carers are recognised as the most important people in children’s lives
  5. Parents and teachers support children best by working together
  6. Students need to be active participants
  7. Schools, health and community agencies work together with families.

Through KidsMatter, we are continuing to develop our positive school community that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion.

 

Kent Park takes great pride in our relationships with families and other members of the community. We firmly believe that a partnership between home and school is fundamental in getting the best outcomes for our students. Restorative practices, TRIBES and KidsMatter compliment each other perfectly in allowing us to provide a whole school approach to the wellbeing of our students which enables students to be happy, healthy, collaborative and reflective problem solvers.

 

For more information about our approaches to student wellbeing, explore the links below: